Will Smith recently said his piece on Donald Trump during a Suicide Squad press conference in Dubai. Smith. At the event, the long-time member of Hollywood royalty and A-list actor didn’t hold back about the current political climate in America or about Trump, either.
Not surprisingly, Will Smith’s words about Trump were less than kind. Smith is a career liberal and avid supporter of current POTUS Barack Obama, reports Hollowverse. Liberal or conservative, though, Will Smith’s words about Trump (and those who support the inexplicably successful Republican presidential candidate) cut a little bit deeper than most purely political rhetoric.
When he spoke to his fans and the media in Dubai, Will Smith told them and the world what he thinks of Donald Trump and those who support him, reports CNN. According to Smith, Trump is “embarrassing” when he speaks and what he has to say is “painful.” Ultimately, though, according to the “Fresh Prince,” this election cycle will allow America to figure out “who people are” and “cleanse” Trump support out of the nation and culture.
“As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk — and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk — I think it’s good. We get to hear it. We get to know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”
Will Smith went on to describe how Islamophobia (such as that so often portrayed by Trump and his legion of followers) is part of what led him to visit and speak in Dubai in the first place.
“In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me, that’s why it’s important to show up. I’m in Dubai and I’m having fun and I’m tweeting and I’m showing pictures. Hey, doesn’t look like they hate me does it?”
As Will Smith alluded to during his Dubai speech, Donald Trump has seemingly built his presidential campaign on furthering the divide between the “Christian right” in America and Muslim community both in the U.S. and abroad. One of the cornerstones of Trump’s campaign has been the concept of banning Muslim immigration to the United States, something Smith also touched on. Indeed, it’s a subject the former reality TV star has pounced on in the aftermath of every tragedy that the U.S. has been subjected to during his campaign.
As Brietbart reports, Will Smith didn’t stop his condemnation of Trump’s belief system at simply saying that America can use the Trump campaign to “cleanse” the candidate’s supporters from the American political landscape. In fact, Will Smith has been highly critical of a potential President Trump, since the candidate’s political aspirations became bewilderingly clear over a year ago.
Smith has recently spent a lot of his high-profile public time slamming Trump and everything the candidate stands for. Will Smith (who is a well-known supporter of women’s rights and feminism) has bashed Trump’s repeated misogyny, specifically citing the real estate tycoon’s history of making sexist, derogatory comments about women who disagree with him.
“My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig. And I cannot understand how people can clap for that. It’s absolutely collective insanity.”
Notably, when commenting about Trump’s pattern of speaking negatively about women, Will Smith also called out his supporters for condoning the candidate’s behavior. According to Smith, Donald and his supporters suffer from “collective insanity.”
Will Smith gives press conference in Dubai trashing Trump. Let him take up residence in Dubai & live by their rules. pic.twitter.com/C5RXNRXANa— Blanche V. Mercaldi (@tammytabby) August 10, 2016
Will Smith continued trying to derail the so-called “Trump Train” during a recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. During that sit-down, Smith also referenced the “cleansing” that he hopes will follow Donald Trump’s (presumably failed, at least according to Will) presidential bid.
“When everything gets out, it’s a good thing. It just sucks bad when the truth is out. But I think everybody can see it now. And I think it’s just a little darkness before the cleansing that we’ll have as we move forward.”
Largely, Will Smith supporters (who tend to lean politically left) think that the star’s words about a post-Trump “cleanse” are spot on. However, many of those who consider themselves Trump supporters seem to believe that the Suicide Squad megastar has gone too far with his suggestions that Trump supporters be “cleansed” from the American political landscape.
@CNN Good point... it really exposes the slime of the earth, but free speech is sometimes painful. You have to shine a light under the rocks— Colby Fulton (@colbster) August 10, 2016
@FBombah We have 3-4 of his videos. Not going to sell in garage sale. Going to toss them on a bonfire this weekend.— Susan Davis (@BigDuhie1955) August 11, 2016
@etnow Most of the nation is embarrassed by trump, the rest don't know what day of the week it is????— Bruce Bromley (@BromleyBruce) August 11, 2016
Even though most Trump supporters apparently agree with their candidate that making America “great again” would largely include banning Muslim immigration.
Indeed, the Republican presidential candidate is no stranger to making seemingly obscene and violently threatening comments himself. Earlier this week, before everyone went crazy of Will Smith’s suggestion of some post-Trump “cleansing,” Donald Trump suggested that Second Amendment supporters do something to eliminate the Hillary Clinton threat to their gun rights. Unlike the fall-out over Will Smith’s comments, Trump supporters insisted that their candidate had been “misunderstood.”
What do you think? Did Will Smith’s words have some kind of nefarious undertones? Do you think Will Smith was correct in advocating for a post-Trump “cleanse” of Trump supporters?
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