Clint Eastwood has stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump but says the Republican presidential candidate is “on to something”.

In an interview in Esquire magazine this month, the actor-director praises Trump as a foe of political correctness and laments what he calls “the kiss-ass generation.”

The 86-year-old Eastwood says Trump is “onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells.”

“We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff”, Eastwood continued.

“When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist”.

Eastwood, who spoke at the 2012 Republican convention, urges people to “get over it”.

He acknowledges, however, that Trump has said “a lot of dumb things.”

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Eastwood’s latest film “Sully” opens in September.

AAP/Esquire