Reacher Fans Outraged as Alan Ritchson Labels Trump 'Rapist, Con-Man'

Actor's Political Comments Ignite Fiery Public Debate.

by Nouman Rasool
Reacher Fans Outraged as Alan Ritchson Labels Trump 'Rapist, Con-Man'
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Amazon's "Reacher" star Alan Ritchson has recently found himself in a fix following his comments on Donald Trump and his supporters. The actor was literally honest to a fault during his chat with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, not mincing his words on the support Trump gets from some Christian groups.

A Christian himself, Ritchson showed how confused and disappointed he was when he connected Christian values with Trump's activities and speeches. "Christians today have become the most vitriolic tribe," Ritchson stated, emphasizing the contradiction between their support for Trump and the teachings of Jesus.

"It is so antithetical to what Jesus was calling us to be and to do," he added.

Ritchson's Bold Critique

Ritchson further criticized the former president, labeling him as "a rapist and a con man." He expressed astonishment at the Christian community treating Trump as a figurehead, finding it "unreal" and hard to comprehend.

The remarks initially went unnoticed by many on the right until Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump cabinet member and radio host, brought them to light on his show, "America First." Gorka vehemently criticized Ritchson, advising him to "shut your pie hole" regarding political matters and to stick to acting.

His remarks had drawn a wave of condemnation from conservatives, many of whom have called for a boycott of "Reacher," a series featuring a beefy, former army policeman who takes a muscular approach to justice. Despite the controversy, the reaction has not been universally negative.

Numerous individuals have praised Ritchson for his forthrightness and bravery in speaking out. This public division highlights the ongoing cultural and political polarization surrounding figures like Trump. "Reacher" is expected to be much successful because the show is based on the best-selling book series by Lee Child and had been running on Amazon's streaming service.

After its premiere last December, the program had over 1.2 billion viewing minutes and was second in Nielsen's overall streaming charts, behind only "Emily in Paris. However, the popularity of the show to its audience only highlighted the difference of view for the leading actor, who is outspoken, and parts of the show's audience, thus demonstrating a stronger connection of celebrity power to a political speech.