Chris Pratt politics: Does he support Donald Trump?

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WHEN Chris Pratt failed to join Avengers stars Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Scarlett Johansson at a Joe Biden fundraiser, people assumed he was a Donald Trump supporter.

Hollywood’s go-to franchise leading man has been blasted on Twitter over politics and religion. Here's the latest on the controversy.

Chris Pratt has fast become Hollywood’s go-to franchise leading man

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Chris Pratt has fast become Hollywood’s go-to franchise leading manCredit: Getty Images - Getty

People claim that Pratt supports Republican Donald Trump

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People claim that Pratt supports Republican Donald TrumpCredit: AFP or licensors

Does Chris Pratt support Donald Trump?

Twitter is awash with claims that Chris Pratt, 41, supports Donald Trump.

A Newsweek fact check claims "a major telltale of Pratt's politics" is the fact that he didn't take part in an Avengers' fundraiser for Joe Biden.

Avengers stars including Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr. urged fans to vote blue.

Ruffalo said: “Vote Democrat. Straight down the ticket.”

Newsweek says: "Pratt has never openly discussed his political views on social media and CNN reports that he donated money to Barack Obama's campaign back in 2012.

"However, he is also on record saying he doesn't support either side of the Democrat/Republican divide."

Chris Pratt starred in Jurassic World

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Chris Pratt starred in Jurassic World

Pratt told Men's Fitness magazine in 2017: "I don't feel represented by either side.

"I really feel there's common ground out there that's missed because we focus on the things that separate us."

But, Newsweek says, Pratt's haters point to parts of his personal life they claim show he's pro-Trump, including his staunch religious views.

The political furore over Pratt's supposed support for Trump kicked off with a Twitter poll.

Started by TV writer/producer Amy Berg it claimed, "One has to go," along with pictures of Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine and Chris Evans.

Amy Berg kicked off the avalanche of haters via Twitter

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Amy Berg kicked off the avalanche of haters via Twitter

Her question started an avalanche of insults directed at Pratt, which in turn attracted thousands of likes.

One Twitter user replied to Berg: "Chris Pratt. Sadly the Trump supporter stuff disqualifies him despite all the of delightful Andy Dwyer/Johnny Karate/Bert Macklin glory."

Another suggested: "Pratt. His views are terrible and he supports anti-lgbtq activist churches. Easy."

This is in reference to a claim by actress Ellen Page, which alleged he attended a church which was "famously anti-LGBTQ".

Robert Downey Jr rushed to Pratt's defense, saying he's been 'nothing but positive'

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Robert Downey Jr rushed to Pratt's defense, saying he's been 'nothing but positive'

Pratt rejected that claim in 2019, posting on Instagram: "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ'.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.

"My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life.

"We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgement of their fellow man."

The 41-year-old Avengers actor has worked hard to get ahead in Hollywood

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The 41-year-old Avengers actor has worked hard to get ahead in HollywoodCredit: Instagram/Chris Pratt

What has he said about politics?

Chris Pratt has been careful to avoid being forthright about politics, particularly during the 2020 US Presidential election.

But in May 2020 he gave a hint of his true thoughts, urging his millions of followers on social media to read an opinion piece by his father-in-law, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in The Atlantic.

It basically says that the future of America lies in people's patriotism, rather than following "stupid party lines".

Chris Pratt tweeted: "I’ve been struggling to find the right words to describe how I feel in the face of our nation's great turmoil.

"Click the link in my bio and read the article written by my father in law, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I love what he has to say here."

Chris Pratt said in 2015, 'I’ve lived a life where I’ve struggled, rode around in my car on empty, I’ve starved'

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Chris Pratt said in 2015, 'I’ve lived a life where I’ve struggled, rode around in my car on empty, I’ve starved'Credit: AP:Associated Press

Schwarzenegger - actor and ex Republican Governor of California - writes: "The protesters we see in the streets don’t hate America. They are asking us to be better.

"They are asking on behalf of our fellow Americans who no longer have a voice: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many others.

"It has to stop. It will take all of us standing up. It will take better training for police officers. It will take the majority of police officers, who are good, pushing for change.

"This isn’t an attack on police officers. It is a criticism of a broken system.
the greatness of America doesn’t come from the status quo; it comes from our constant struggle to live up to our promise.

"This, to me, is not a political issue. It is a patriotic issue.

"We have to be willing to sit down and do the hard work of reform without worrying about stupid party lines."

He also starred in Guardians of the Galaxy

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He also starred in Guardians of the GalaxyCredit: AP:Associated Press

Why was he called the 'worst Chris in Hollywood'?

Chris Pratt was trolled on Twitter as the "worst Chris in Hollywood".

The cruel title was apparently 'won' after a Twitter challenge asked which famous Chris "has to go" out of Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, and Chris Evans.

Screenwriter Amy Berg posted pictures of all four actors along with the line “One has to go".

Amy Berg posed the question via Twitter in October

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Amy Berg posed the question via Twitter in October

CNN reported: "Twitter has decided that, if given a choice, it chooses to cancel Chris Pratt."

Some Pratt-haters slammed him for allegedly being a Trump supporter while others accused him of supporting a church with anti-LGBTQ views - a claim he has strongly denied.

The broadcaster said the harsh reaction comes despite the actor's popularity for his roles in 'Parks and Recreation' and the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' films.

Reuters dubbed him "Hollywood’s go-to franchise leading man" after he also starred in 'Jurassic World'.

Loyal actor mates have come out swinging for Pratt, with Robert Downey Jr leading the charge.

The star - taking a selfie on his his Walk of Fame star in 2020

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The star - taking a selfie on his his Walk of Fame star in 2020Credit: AFP - Getty

The Avengers star suggested on Instagram: “If you take issue with Chris, I’ve got a novel idea.

"Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness.”

Fellow Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also stood up for his pal, tweeting: “I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life.

"He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now.”

Pratt's wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, wrote on Instagram: “Being mean is so yesterday.

"There’s enough room to love all these guys. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Let’s try that.”

Zoe Saldana also defended her pal Chris Pratt

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Zoe Saldana also defended her pal Chris Pratt

What religion is Chris Pratt and does he go to church?

The Hollywood hunk is a devout Christian.

After becoming engaged to Arnold Schwarzenegger's daughter Katherine, he wrote: "Proud to live boldly in faith with you."

There were also religious undertones following their marriage, with Pratt saying on Instagram: "We became husband and wife in front of God, our families and those we love.

"We feel so blessed to begin this new chapter of our lives."

Katherine Schwarzenegger with husband Chris Pratt

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Katherine Schwarzenegger with husband Chris PrattCredit: Getty Images - Getty

And at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, while collecting his award for Choice Sci-Fi Actor, Pratt declared: "I would not be here with the ease and grace I have in my heart without my lord and savior, Jesus Christ."

He's been a committed Christian since a teenager, according to the Elle Australia magazine.

It adds: "In case you were doubting his commitment, Chris literally erected an actual crucifix for Easter in 2016."

Pratt used to attend the Hillsong Church, but now goes to services at Zoe Church in Los Angeles.

Refinery29 describes it as "another celebrity-friendly megachurch. Beyond Bieber and Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Hailey Baldwin, Ashley Benson, and Maria Shriver, and Selena Gomez have all supported Zoe Church."

Actor Chris Pratt at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Santa Monica, California

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Actor Chris Pratt at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Santa Monica, CaliforniaCredit: Getty Images - Getty

The Avengers actor and his wife Katherine - a 30-year-old children’s book author - announced the birth of daughter Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt in a joint post on their Instagram accounts in August 2020.

The post included a photo of the hands of both parents and their infant with a pair of Bible verses including Psalms 126:3: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

Pratt also has a seven-year-old son with his first wife, Anna Faris.

The baby is the granddaughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.

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