Actor Jeff Daniels Compares Trump Supporters To Ku Klux Klan Members
Hillary Clinton famously called supporters of Donald Trump “deplorables.”
For “Dumb And Dumber” actor Jeff Daniels, that didn’t go nearly far enough.
Daniels, currently starring in a Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” said in an appearance on MSNBC that Trump reminds him of a scene from the play with main character Atticus Finch.
“He cites a moment in the play when the KKK is coming for Finch and his daughter Scout recognizes one as their neighbor and compares it to when Daniels asked his fellow Michiganders about the 2016 election results and they said, “Yeah, isn’t it great?” Deadline reported.
He then notes how Finch’s defending his neighbors by saying, “I know these people, they’re good people,” but “he’s an apologist, he’s an enabler,” Daniels said. “And I think there are people in the Midwest, between the coasts, who don’t know anything about this, who don’t care about this, who don’t have any time for this, who have to make a decision now. You have to decide whether, like Atticus, you believe that there is still compassion, decency, civility, respect for others — ‘do unto others,’ remember that? — all that stuff you guys believe in, and you still voted not for Hillary or for Trump. Where are you now?”
Daniels went on to say it’s all about race. Quoting a line from the play, Daniels said, “A mob is a place where people go to take a break from their conscience. …
“That’s what I see when I look at Donald Trump’s rallies, that’s when I see the lies he’s spewing at these people, and people going, ‘I gotta believe in something,’ and he said he’d bring my manufacturing job back and he didn’t, and I’m all in.’ But … at the end of the day, it’s race. It’s race.”
“This is about the Republican Party — or a wing of it — going: ‘This is our last chance to save the party. And if we don’t, it’s the end of the Republican Party.’ And the only way they can do that was to tap the race button and say, ‘Go ahead, it’s OK.’ And [Trump] did,” Daniels said. “And they did. That was the only card they had left to play, and they played it. And they aren’t going to go quietly.”
Daniels said his play is a “wake-up call” for “white liberal America.”
“You walk out there and we pin the ears back of, basically, white America. White liberal America comes in, and they go, ‘We had no idea it was that tough.’ It’s a slap in the face; it’s a wake-up call,” he said.
Then Daniels went all-in, saying if Trump is re-elected, it will be “the end of democracy.”
“If the big gamble is to go all the way to November 2020 … and lose, that’s the end of democracy,” he said.
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) May 20, 2019