Bradley Cooper Says He Doesn’t Understand Anger Democratic Convention Appearance

August 3, 2016 Updated: August 3, 2016

Actor Bradley Cooper didn’t understand the hoopla surrounding his appearance at the Democratic National Convention. 

“I wasn’t expecting that,” said Cooper during a visit to “The Late Late Show With James Corden” on Aug. 3. “The Republicans were up in arms that I was there listening to the president speak.”

Cooper starred as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” a film that was wildly popular among conservatives. Todd Phillips also appeared on the late-night talk show surmised that fans of the actor must have muddled his political views with the character of Kyle.

“It’s like the mob being mad at [Robert] De Niro for being in ‘The Intern,'” Phillips said. 

Cooper attended the Democratic National Convention on July 27 in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. Viewers were upset to see Cooper along with his girlfriend and model Irina Shayk sitting among Democrats and took to social media to express their frustration.

Despite the backlash, the 41-year-old actor is a staunch supporter of Obama and was glad to have personally witnessed the president speak as his tenure comes to an end. 

“To be there, it was probably one of the last times we’ll hear him speak,” Cooper said. “I think he was an incredible president. I was really excited.” 

This isn’t the first time Cooper has lauded the president. A letter signed by Hollywood elite—Cooper included—thanked Obama for taking executive action against gun control. 

“Thank you for having the courage and leadership to take Executive Action on preventing more unnecessary gun violence in this country,” the letter stated. “Countless lives will be saved as a result. Like you, and like most Americans, we have had ENOUGH. We have had enough of seeing unthinkable tragedies happen and nothing being done.”

Cooper also donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008.