Philip Carino

Donald Trump has joked that David Lynch’s career in Hollywood is “officially over” after the maverick film director suggested in a Guardian interview that Trump could go down as one of America’s greatest presidents.

Trump seized on the comment by the reclusive director of Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and Twin Peaks during a typically freewheeling, hour-long speech that ranged from North Korea and space rockets to facelifts and fake hair, yet made no mention of family separations at the southern border.

A Guardian article published on Saturday noted that Lynch, who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, is undecided about Trump. “He could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much,” he told the paper. “No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”

The article added that Lynch thinks while Trump may not be doing a good job himself, he is opening up a space where other outsiders might. “Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done. Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.”

The interview gained coverage in various media outlets including the rightwing Breitbart News, formerly headed by Steve Bannon, one-time chief strategist at the White House. Its summary glided past the caveats about Lynch’s views on Trump’s job performance. It was this version that caught the eye of the president, who tweeted a link to it on Monday.