Bradley Cooper ‘was not expecting’ Republican uproar over DNC appearance

When it comes to the Republican uproar over his appearance at the Democratic National Convention last week, Bradley Cooper is as befuddled as the rest of us.

The American Sniper star appeared on The Late Late Show Tuesday night to discuss the incident, telling host James Corden that he had taken his mother out to the DNC to hear President Obama’s speech on the third night of the convention. And while the Philly native thought the address was “unbelievable,” what followed was even more so.

“I was not expecting that,” Cooper said of the reaction to his appearance at the DNC. “Republicans were up in arms that I was there watching the president speak.”

Fellow guest Todd Phillips, Cooper’s director in The Hangover series of films, pointed out that the anger was primarily over Cooper’s appearance at the DNC after the actor played conservative favorite Chris Kyle in American Sniper in 2014. For Phillips, that’s like “the mob being mad at [Robert] De Niro for being in The Intern.”

Cooper, meanwhile, has thrown his support behind Democrats for some time. In 2000 and 2008, he donated money to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns for Senate and president, respectively.

Incidentally, folks upset over Cooper’s DNC appearance may have had a slight bit of revenge Tuesday night. After all, Corden did end up shocking the Philly native with a taser.