Sean Penn has called Donald Trump “an enemy of mankind” in a new op-ed piece.
The US President described Haiti and Africa as “shithole countries” while discussing immigration last week. Penn has been heavily involved in humanitarian work in Haiti, and his piece came on the eighth anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in the country.
“On this day, we should be recognising their grace, courage, loss, hardship and heroism,” the actor wrote in Time. “We should be mourning those lost to a curable poverty, to avoidable cholera, to Hurricane Mathew. We should be remembering the America that rose to its defining grace in support of this great and troubled island nation, which has supported and loved us.
“Instead, we have been forced to focus on a man whose sense of our country is an inherited gift for sales-gab,” he continued. Penn added that Trump “encourages the enslavement of America by a core minority of our electorate; he massages into them the notion that American principal lives not in the belief and sacrifice of their own ancestors or our country’s forefathers, but rather in their own pain, rage and fear.”
He carried on to say Trump’s words were “more than mere insensitivity or even nationalism”, adding that “those standards are not disgraceful enough”. “We can be unified not only with each other, but with Africa, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, the Middle East and beyond if we recognise President Donald Trump is an enemy of Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and every new child born,” he wrote. “An enemy of mankind. He is indeed an enemy of the state.”
Last year, Penn reflected on working with Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on The Indian Runner. Bannon served as an executive producer on the movie.
Penn said: “Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him.”