7/10/12 12:10 PM EDT
“The surprise to me was mostly that I felt like I was able to get my head around the conservative world view maybe for the first time,” the comedian and actor, who co-authored a book about the experience, told Current TV’s Jennifer Granholm. “I think a lot of times people like me — liberals, progressives — look at conservatives and go, ‘I don’t get it. I don’t get where this is coming from.’
“But hanging out with Meghan, hanging out with her friends, her family, I feel like I started to understand it a little bit. I feel like I started to understand that, for them, it’s about self-reliance and independence and having the freedom — which is obviously a loaded word for Republicans — to do what they want. And they view a kind of small government solution as the way to achieve that.
“As a — and I will say, Democrat — I agree with those principles, but I also feel like the government has a role in supporting people and in providing the framework for people to achieve everything that they can.”
Black, who starred in MTV’s cult sketch show “The State” in the ’90s, said the road trip not only deepened his understanding of Republicans, but of Democrats, too — and he walked away disillusioned by both political parties.
“I’m actually more reluctant to call myself a Democrat now than when I left,” said Black. “The parties themselves, to me, represent something that feels, at best, anachronistic and, at worst, like criminal organizations that are primarily interested in money laundering.”