Matthew McConaughey Sends Odd July 4 ‘American Puberty’ Message

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Matthew McConaughey, who is reportedly considering a run for Texas governor, hinted again at political ambitions on Sunday with a patriotic message of unity and puberty.

“Happy birthday, America!” he began. “Let’s admit that this last year’s trip around the sun was also another head-scratcher. Let’s also remember that we are babies. As a country, we are basically going through puberty in comparison to other countries’ timelines.” 

McConaughey said the nation is going through growing pains, and he urged Americans to keep learning, striving and climbing.

“We gotta make sure we maintain hope along the way as we continue to evolve,” he said. “Why? Because it’s who we are. Why? Because the alternative sucks.” 

McConaughey, who won the 2014 Best Actor award for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” called for unity and asked his followers to reflect on the state of the nation. 

“Take a little bit of inventory on where we’ve come from, where we are, and how and where we want to go from here on the way to being the best we can be,” the Texas native said. “Now what if that was a song that each of us just said, ’I can’t not sing that song’?” 

A poll conducted in April found McConaughey ― who has described himself as neither a Democrat nor Republican but rather “aggressively centric” ― with a 12-point lead over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). 

A poll released this weekend, however, found Abbott with a one-point edge.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), also reportedly considering a run for governor, trails Abbott by 12 points. 


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