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Anthony Mackie endorses Donald Trump, then says he was joking

Anthony Mackie seemed to endorse presidential candidate Donald Trump then walked it back amid a sea of Twitter smack.

Anthony Mackie on the set of "Captain America: Civil War." PHOTO: Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

The actor, who spent a good bit of time in Atlanta this summer filming "Captain America: Civil War," told BET:

"I would 100 percent want to run Trump's campaign. 100 percent," he said. "I mean, first that'll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump's an easy sell... When you look at Trump, he's an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you're a 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' candidate, people would identify with that."

Twitter was not happy with that:

Meanwhile on Donald Trump's Twitter:

Later, Mackie posted a message saying that his comments to BET were not to be considered an endorsement, but rather, a joke:

Endorsement? Joke. Whatever. Here he is in all his "Falcon" glory in downtown Atlanta:

Anthony Mackie on set at "Captain America: Civil War." PHOTO: Jennifer Brett, jbrett@ajc.com

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Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.

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