The actor said,
He's our president. And it's very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we've ever had. At the same time, it's time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years. So, even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles or things he's said and done — which is another thing, we'll see what he does compared to what he had said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it's time to think about how constructive can you be. Because he's our president for the next four years. At least.
People are NOT having it.
To be fair to McConaughey, he wasn't necessarily asking the country to "embrace" Trump, but to try to come to terms with the fact Trump is indeed the president, as hard as that might be for some to accept.
A lot of people seemed to interpret this as him contending people need to unify behind Trump. But, it seems as though he was simply asking people to do the best they can to work with him for the sake of the country.
Still, if this doesn't sit well with people, that's completely understandable.
President Trump has done very little to unite the country since his inauguration.
His rhetoric and executive actions have proven to be extremely divisive, and he's reacted to any opposition with indignation and Twitter tantrums.
It's pretty hard to be "constructive" with a man like that, and it's a large part of the reason Trump is the most unpopular new president in modern US history.
McConaughey also said, "We'll see what he does compared to what he had said," which suggests he hasn't really been paying attention since January 20.
In other words, Trump is fulfilling a lot of his most unsettling campaign promises. He's doing what he said he would, and the results are not pretty.
So, perhaps McConaughey should've chosen his words a lot more carefully.
Asking people to work with a man who operates by the notion, "I alone can fix it," arguably isn't the smartest thing to do.
At the same time, he's just an actor — not a politician or journalist. So maybe people should cut him a little slack.
Citations: 'I Alone Can Fix It' (The Atlantic), Trump has done what he said he would. So, what's next? (Politico), Matthew McConaughey to Hollywood: 'It's time to embrace' Trump (Entertainment Weekly)