Actor Sean Penn wondered aloud how Dick Cheney kept living, despite serious health problems, while someone as “beautiful” as Harvey Milk was cut down.
Penn appeared Wednesday on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, where he heard the host bring up the former vice president during his monologue.
“You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” Penn said. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.”
Cheney, who has had five heart attacks since 1978, underwent a heart transplant in 2012.
“But then we have people like Harvey Milk, who were beautiful, brilliant, impactful guys, and, you know – it’s just no good deed will go unpunished, and then you’ve got the Cheneys,” said Penn, who played the slain LGBT rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor. “This is just me musing.”
Penn credited Cheney and his boss for inspiring the brutal Islamic State extremist group sowing terror in the Middle East.
“These are the guys, he and President (George W.) Bush and some others, who invented Daesh, or ISIS,” Penn said. “I mean, they really are that which created it, and so I wanted to give him a shout-out. Thanks for that.”
Watch video of the interview posted online by TeamCoco: