As a southern man born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri, Brad Pitt stems from a place where people typically support Donald Trump and his run in the 2016 Presidential Election.
And yet, the 52-year-old actor can't even begin to fathom the idea of the real estate mogul running the United States.
While discussing the British exit from the European Union, Pitt opened up to the New York Times' T magazine about his feelings toward Trump.
"Man, I never thought [Brexit] would happen. Same way I can't bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge," he admitted. "In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad."
He continued, "We have this great line in The Big Short," referring to last year's Oscar-winning film about the global financial crisis of 2008, which he produced. "When things are going wrong and we can't find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies."
Thus, while Pitt can't wrap his head around Trump becoming president, he can understand why people are attracted to him and his ideas for the future of the country.
"Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it," he explained. "It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them. And so I try to understand where they're coming from."
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He continued, "You gotta understand that it's also in our DNA. Most Americans don't have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They're trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they're tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in—and it doesn't have to be a voice of substance—saying he's fed up with all of this, that's the part that hooks into the DNA."
While he said he sees a glimmer of hope in some areas of society, there are others in which we see a "reactionary push for isolation and separation," and this election is one of them.
"A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything," he added, confused. "What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me? Where'd it go?"
Check out Pitt's full interview in T magazine's new issue, on stands September 11.