In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Bryan Cranston had some strong words for anyone rooting for the president to fail: "Fuck you." Cranston told the magazine that while he supported Hillary Clinton and has made no secret of his disdain for the president, it would be "egotistical" for anyone to want him to fail just so they can "be right."
Additionally, Cranston argues that if Trump has "good ideas" he will support them because the success of the country is more important than "political football."
I don’t want him to fail. I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do. … And if you’ve got a good idea that helps the country, oh man, I’m gonna support you. I don’t care if you’re a Republican and I’m a Democrat or whatever, I don’t care. A good idea’s a good idea. Let’s do that. We’ve got to get away from this idea that our country is political football, and someone with a different opinion is the enemy. Assume they love this country as much as you do, and there’s always room for improvement. How can we make it better?
But many have expressed they are rooting for Trump to fail because his success would cause irreversible damage to the country. Michael A. Cohen argues in the Boston Globe that people should root for Trump to fail because his agenda would hurt millions and to allow him to succeed would also be to normalize his behavior.
If his campaign promises are to be taken at face value, his success would mean that tens of millions of Americans may lose health care insurance. It would mean a step back on fighting climate change that could have a catastrophic, even apocalyptic effect on the planet. It would mean a shredded social safety net and little federal attention to voting restrictions and structural racism in America’s criminal justice system. It would mean global instability and a weakening of American’s leadership role in the world. It would mean acquiescence to an assertive Russia and a weakening of the international institutions that help to maintain global order. It would mean disastrous trade wars and a domestic agenda that would do more to harm the people who voted for Trump than help them. It would mean mass deportation — and a humanitarian catastrophe — for millions of undocumented immigrants.