Rock The Vote, Day 1: Chris Pratt

People think Chris Pratt is a Republican. But is he? He married a Kennedy.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020. 
 
There has long been a rumor that Chris Pratt is a Donald Trump supporter. In this 2014 Esquire profile by the great Anna Peele, Pratt tells her about his love for guns, but still says he’s for gun control. 
 

Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris a gun in the event that a crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her “blowing their fucking brains out.” He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’s and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap. It’s not all so primal—Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He explains population control and hunting licenses and tags and the virtues of eating what you kill. It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill shit.

President Donald Trump’s views on guns and assault weapons go back and forth depending on the day, but he is a proponent of the Second Amendment. Presidential nominee Joe Biden is for gun control, including “universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, more resources toward the enforcement of existing gun laws, and a public push for the development of ‘smart guns,'” according to Vox.

In 2019, Pratt was photographed wearing a “Don’t Tread On Me” shirt with the Gadsden flag on it. The Gadsden flag was created by Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution. Gadsden did own slaves, so in that sense, it could be seen as racist, but typically the flag is associated with patriotism.

In early 2019, actress Ellen Page said Pratt attended an anti-LGBTQ church. Pratt denied that and said that couldn’t be “further from the truth.” When NBC News reached out to Pratt’s church about where they stand on LGBTQ people, they pointed the news site to a 2015 blog post that said “God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Trump has rolled back rights for transgender people. Biden has come to be a supporter of LGBTQ people.

About a week ago, Pratt posted an Instagram poking fun at celebrities telling their followers to vote. He instead told his followers to vote for his movie in the People’s Choice Awards. It read as tone deaf and on top of that, his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, a relative in the Kennedy family, posted on her Instagram that Trump’s tweet about COVID was “the sickest tweet” she had ever seen. She said in that story that she planned to vote for Biden and that while she grew up tolerant of other people’s political views, she has a hard time speaking to Trump supporters. Schwarzenegger and Pratt married in June 2019 and just had a daughter together.

On Wednesday, Pratt’s Parks and Rec co-star Adam Scott posted an Instagram saying he voted for Biden. Pratt liked the post.

I believe Pratt is voting for Biden. I have not found substantial evidence that makes me believe Pratt is a Trump supporter. I also don’t see a world where he could be married to a woman so pro-Biden if he also wasn’t.

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