Actress and activist Kerry Washington had more than a few things to say about Donald Trump Friday night, calling the GOP presidential nominee the “fear and hate,” candidate and adding that a vote for him was a vote against America.
Appearing on HBO’s Real Time, Washington — who is pregnant — began by taking a a few shots at Trump’s proposed child care initiative, calling it “ridiculous,” before cutting to the heart of matter.
“There’s been a lot of talk about it being insulting to women, but I actually think it’s insulting to families — and to workers — because there’s no paternity leave, there’s no family leave!” she explained. “For Hillary Clinton, these issues and these policies are not about women’s policies. this is about economic policy, because we understand in this country that if families are able to take care of each other, we do better as a nation. I choose that candidate over the guy who brags about having never changed a diaper. He has literally bragged about never having changed a diaper! That’s crazy.”
Although host Bill Maher directed her away from talking about Trump — saying “we can’t spend all night shitting on Trump” — the Wasgington once again returned to the new face of the GOP.
“There’s a bigger problem, which is right now, we are in a political climate where we are being led—by the media — no offense –to vote for the loudest candidate and the meanest, bulliest candidate in the playground, and that we are voting based on a cult of personality or a cult of celebrity rather than voting in our own best interest,” said Washington. “I think if we really look at policy, voting for Trump is voting against our best interests as Americans—as workers, as people of color, as women. Not voting is voting against ourselves.”
“And when people talk about [Clinton’s] long history,” she continued, “there may be things that you may not particularly agree with at some point. Like I know a lot of millennials talk about her position on criminal justice reform and the superpredators stuff, and I hear that and I understand it. I would rather vote for the candidate who is willing to address mistakes, address issues, take responsibility, be accountable, be a part of a changed solution rather than a candidate who continues to perpetuate fear and hate in the present moment.”
Watch the video below via HBO: