Angelina Jolie Talks Hints At Potential Presidential Run
2018 has been a strange year for Angelina Jolie. She almost lost primary custody of her children to ex-husband Brad Pitt. The couple’s two oldest kids, Maddox and Pax, reportedly refused to see their father on Christmas. They added that it appears that Pitt “is getting the joint physical and legal custody he asked for, with some contingencies.”
Maybe it was these events that lead to Jolie saying she can “take a lot on the chin” during an appearance on BBC Radio.
Jolie also hinted at a potential political career. “If you asked me 20 years ago, I would’ve laughed … I always say I’ll go where I’m needed, I don’t know if I’m fit for politics … but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet,” Jolie said.
“I’m also able to work with governments, and I’m also able to work with militaries, and so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done,” she said.
When asked by host Justin Webb whether she could be a surprise candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, the 43-year-old Oscar-winning actress replied with just, “Thank you.”
Jolie has a long history of humanitarian work. While filming Laura Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia she’d be exposed to the horrors of the war-torn country. She’d go on an 18-day field visit, including refugee camps, and on her return home would donate $1 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. These experiences would also push her to adopt her son, the now 17-year old Maddox in 2002.
Jolie was particularly outspoken politically in 2017. She would teach a course on refugees and the issues that affect them as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. That same year, Jolie wrote an op-ed for the New York Times criticizing president Donald Trump‘s Muslim travel ban.