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Larry King NowFeb 10 '17

After the election of Donald Trump, David Oyelowo says he found himself having a tricky conversation with his sons about what constitutes appropriate behavior when “a man who had said fairly reprehensible things had been rewarded with the highest office in the land.”

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Larry King: There were tremendous women’s marches all over after the election in the United States here and abroad. What has been your reaction to Mr. Trump? What’s been the reaction in London? You live here.

David Oyelowo: I live here, I live here in LA. Well, it was very interesting after Donald Trump won the election, I found myself having to have a conversation with my three sons, which is very unexpected. Which was that, you know, I try to bring up my sons to respect women and to be respectful generally, but I have to have a conversation with them about what’s permissible, what should be permissible in society, and in light of certain things he was on record having said about women, I had to talk to them about what is acceptable and what is not. And the reason why that was something I had to talk to them about is that a man who had said fairly reprehensible things had been rewarded with the highest office in the land, and so, you know, that makes it tricky, as a father to sons, to say, “Okay, this isn’t acceptable behavior, and the rules have changed around what is deemed civil in general society, but as for me and my household, we’re going to be different.” And so, you know, that was a sort of defining moment as to the era we’re going into politically, but I hope that ultimately this great nation will be served by Donald Trump, and that some of the ugliness that has come up through this election will be in the rearview mirror, and we can all…

Larry King: We can hope.

David Oyelowo. We can hope. We must hope.

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