Actor Sean Penn blasted President Donald Trump in a Time Magazine op-ed late Friday, calling him an “enemy of mankind” and “enemy of the state.”
The actor penned the Time essay following Trump’s “shithole countries” remark aimed at African nations and earthquake-ravaged Haiti, where Penn has dedicated his humanitarian efforts.
Penn first praised former president Barack Obama’s deployment of 22,000 service members to help Haitians when the earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010; Penn’s op-ed comes on the eighth anniversary of the earthquake, and the actor recounted the efforts to help the Haitians as well as the island nation’s ongoing struggles.
“On this day, we should be recognizing their grace, courage, loss, hardship and heroism. 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,” Penn wrote. “Instead, we have been forced to focus on a man whose sense of our country is an inherited gift for sales-gab.”
He criticized Trump for singling out Haiti, which was rocked by a massive earthquake in 2010.
Penn said he can still smell the “blood and death” that greeted him when he touched down in the island nation during relief efforts and said Trump’s words about the nation were “disgraceful.”
Penn said Trump is encouraging “an enslavement of America by a core minority of the electorate” and that the New Yorker has become an “enemy of Americans.”
He said Americans should ignore Trump’s rhetoric and instead try to unify with nations he has spoken about, like El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico and those in the Middle East.
The actor, who also made headlines for making several visits with late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, added that Trump is also “an enemy of mankind [and] indeed an enemy of the state.”