Chris Pratt has been at the centre of a Twitter controversy which claims that he is a Donald Trump supporter. But is the Avengers actor really a ‘MAGA’ fan?
Election year in the US is always a chaotic time as politicians do all they can to win those few extra votes while celebrities and commentators from all sides try and persuade the undecided to vote.
In recent years, social media sites such as Twitter have become increasingly central to politics with more of the political debate taking place online.
However, social media is famously volatile as pieces of information, whether they’re true or not, have the potential to become viral.
That is what has happened with the actor Chris Pratt as a recent Twitter trend claims that the Marvel and Parks and Rec actor is a supporter of Donald Trump.
But just what are Chris Pratt’s political beliefs and is he really a ‘MAGA’ Trump supporter as Twitter claims?
Twitter claims Chris Pratt is a Trump supporter
Over the evening of October 18-19th, Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo announced that they would be holding a fundraiser on October 20th with several Avengers stars in support of Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, Twitter erupted with comments claiming that Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt is a supporter of Donald Trump after he was not among members of the fundraising panel.
However, the majority of comments came from people who are simply sharing their reactions to the claim that Pratt is a Trump supporter without much in the way of evidence to back up their claims as the Twitter exchange below goes to show.
Chris Pratt’s political views explored
Chris Pratt has famously never openly discussed his political views on any of his social media platforms.
Although according to CNN, Chris Pratt reportedly donated $1,000 to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.
However, in a 2017 interview with Men’s Fitness magazine, which is quoted in People, Chris Pratt said: “I don’t feel represented by either side,” and that “I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us.”
Despite this, Pratt has been involved in a number of controversies surrounding his personal life and views.
Chris Pratt’s church
In 2019, Inception and The Umbrella Academy actress Ellen Page accused Chris Pratt’s church on Twitter of being “anti-LGBTQ.”
Chris Pratt is a member of Zoe Church in Los Angeles and responded to Ellen Page’s comments with a statement, which is quoted in BBC News:
“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.
“I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
In 2017, Chris Pratt was pictured wearing a t-shirt featuring the Gadsden flag, which features an image of a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t tread on me.”
The flag, which was designed by Christopher Gadsden, has its origins in the Revolutionary War and was used during the American Revolution by the Continental Marines.
The Gadsden flag has since been used as a patriotic symbol in the US but according to Distractify has “evolved into a symbol with ties to racism and white supremacy.”
Who Chris Pratt follows on Instagram
A number of fans have also pointed to several accounts that Chris Pratt follows on Instagram, which includes the likes of Republican politicians, right-wing commentators and the right-wing non-profit organisation Turning Point USA.
However, Chris Pratt also follows California’s Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom and a whole host of actors who have been very vocal in their opposition of Donald Trump.
Chris Pratt’s family
While Chris Pratt has never openly advocated for a political candidate, his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger-Pratt – whose father is the actor and former Republican Governor for California, Arnold Schwarzenegger – has come out in support of Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Yahoo! Entertainment reported that Katherine heavily criticised Trump on her Instagram story after the president tweeted to downplay the ongoing pandemic as he began to recover after contracting Covid-19 himself.
On her Instagram story, Katherine wrote: “Please go ahead and unfollow me if you think Trump’s tweet today was appropriate or helpful in regards to the global pandemic we are in and to those whose lives have been lost,” she wrote, adding a sticker that read, “Bye for now.”
While many celebrities use their social media platforms to encourage fans to vote, the closest that Chris Pratt has been to campaigning for anything is for his recent film Onward, which has been nominated in the People’s Choice Awards.
The 2020 US Election takes place on November 3rd while early voting in some areas has already begun.