Quantcast
Connect with us

Kal Penn nails Trump fans who are upset by celebrities speaking out: You voted for a reality TV star

Published

on

Actor and producer Kal Penn spent the weekend turning the “negativity” of Donald Trump’s immigration ban into what he calls “a positive.” Penn raised over $500,000 for Syrian refugees using a crowdfunding page that urges donations “in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”

During an interview Monday with CNN’s “New Day,” Penn explained that during a time when people often act out in a mean-spirited way online, he wanted to give them something to do that was inspiring.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The women’s march was a great example of coming together and standing up against the tyranny that we’re experiencing now. Look, I’m a pretty privileged guy,” he acknowledged. But he read negative comments online and thought, “What about the 14-year-old me or the kids who look like me who don’t have the luxury of this kind of platform. Maybe we can raise $2,500 to show guys like that we’re better than this.”

Despite what some are calling the executive order, both Penn and Chris Cuomo emphasized that it did put a ban on Muslims. Penn explained this is ultimately bad for the United States and the war on terrorism.

“I think what the president is saying and doing is completely ridiculous,” Penn confessed. “Who are the bad dudes miraculously coming in with ten hours’ notice? Is it the army interpreters we detained over the weekend, the folks that saved American soldiers’ lives? Are those the bad dudes? I find that insulting as an American citizen that you would infer that anybody who helped our soldiers stay alive are somehow ‘bad dudes.'”

He noted that the excuses surrounding the choice of countries on the list was ridiculous given that the 9/11 hijackers came in from countries that aren’t on the map.

ADVERTISEMENT

Cuomo went on to ask about Sunday’s SAG Awards and the “privileged celebrities” who spoke out against Trump and the ban. Penn argued that anyone should feel embolden to speak out but found it ironic that people would attack “privileged celebrities” when we just elected one to be president.

“A reality TV celebrity just tweeted out a Supreme Court pick,” he said.

Penn previously served as President Barack Obama’s White House liaison to young Americans, the arts, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities before returning to Hollywood in late 2011.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the full interview below:


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump has shrunk the White House entirely around himself: ‘It is a government of one’

Published

on

President Donald Trump has cleared out all the constraints in his White House, which he's running much like the Trump Organization.

The president has chased away four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors -- an unprecedented amount of turnover for a modern president — and finds himself surrounded by compliant staffers and aides, reported Politico.

“It is a government of one in the same way in which the Trump Organization was a company of one,” said one former senior administration official.

Continue Reading

Facebook

Benny Gantz says he should be PM in Israel unity government

Published

on

Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main opponent in the country's general election, said Thursday he should be prime minister in a unity government.

Gantz spoke to journalists after Netanyahu called for them to join together in a unity government as results from Tuesday's vote showed neither with an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

Gantz's centrist Blue and White is nevertheless two seats ahead of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, according to results published by Israeli media with 97 percent of the vote counted.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Beto O’Rourke’s plan to legalize marijuana includes clemency for possession sentences and grants for those who already served time

Published

on

For his latest policy proposal, the Democratic presidential candidate returns to a cause he has championed since his days on the El Paso City Council.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Thursday morning released a marijuana legalization plan that calls for clemency for everyone currently serving sentences for possession.

The former El Paso congressman also would push for a federal tax on the pot industry and put the revenue toward a "Drug War Justice Grant" for those formerly incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana offenses.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image