Hollywood star Jeff Daniels tears apart 'worthless' Republicans enabling Donald Trump
In recent years, we've seen Jim Carrey criticise and poke fun at political figures using the artwork that he shares online. In the past, we've seen him target the Republicans and the Trump administration multiple times - but now his Dumb & Dumber co-star Jeff Daniels is bypassing the art and delivering his views live on television.
The 64-year-old actor recently appeared on MSNBC to speak about his Tony Award-nominated performance as Atticus Finch in the Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Jeff Daniels speaks about the play on 60 Minutes:
During the Monday afternoon interview, he delivered sharp criticism of the Republican party to host Nicolle Wallace, who referred to herself as a "recovering Republican" in October.
Channeling his character Will McAvoy from The Newsroom, he was particularly outspoken about the current state of the Republican party, using the character of Atticus Finch to launch into the topic.
First he explained the character's belief that the other side don't all have "bad intentions," before noting that this idea is "being challenged now," leaving Atticus to be seen as an "apologist" and an "enabler".
“I think there are people in the Midwest, between the coasts, who don’t care about this, don’t have time for this, who have to make a decision now," he said. "You have to decide whether, like Atticus, you believe that there is still compassion, decency, civility, respect for others. Do unto others, remember that?”
He went on to state that if Trump goes on to win the election in November 2020, "it’s the end of democracy."
Here's the interview in question:
Speaking about the 'mob' that forms outside Tom Robinson's cell in the play, Daniels notes that the emotion-driven people can be compared to those who follow Trump today.
"That’s what I see at Trump’s rallies, the lies spewing at these people," he said, "and people going, ‘I’ve got to believe in something. He said he’d bring my manufacturing job back, she didn’t, and I’m all in.’ But at the end of the day, aside from ‘I don’t want to pay taxes,’ 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 he did, 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."
Turning away from the Trump administration, he also spoke about the "moderate" Republicans who retired under the new regime, and criticised the "cowardice of the 15 or so Republicans in the Senate who are still quiet".
"That’s not courage, that’s making sure you have a job somewhere after politics. Courage is standing up and being a true patriot like we had back in 1776. Who are the heroes going to be?" he said. "You are all worthless to me right now. I need people to stand up and be heroic. Who are you? Because democracy is at stake."
Following this, all Nicolle Wallace had as a response was, "Wow," and many viewers felt the same way.