Actor Jeff Daniels, famously known for his role in Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird, is calling for violence against President Trump. He said that American needs someone to challenge Trump that will “punch him in the face.”
“You know, I — whittle it down, but we need somebody that can take this guy on, that can punch him in the face,” he stated.
Seriously? If someone said this about former President Barack Obama, there would have been outrage!
Colbert sparked Daniels’ answer after talking about the play and how it is “about different people in the same community reacting to accusations of – of violence and — and essentially racial profiling and how — how racism is dividing the people in this town.”
“Given, say, the last three weeks where Donald Trump’s racism has become more overt in his attacks on various politicians and communities around the United States– does that change the tone of the — the audience when they come in?” Colbert asked. ” Do you think that changes what they get from the play or what they’re looking for?”
The Emmy award-winner agreed that it changes the dynamics and proceeded to describe the play as a “right hook” to white liberal America.
“We felt this early, way back last November, December, but especially now, because suddenly Baltimore is in the news,” Daniels responded, “This, To Kill A Mockingbird…. You watch the movie. You read the book. You feel the play. When Tom Robinson gets sent to jail, he’s 100 percent innocent, and the only reason he’s going to jail is because he’s black.”
He continued, “You see Tom Robinson chained up and walking across the stage on his way to the electric chair and it’s a long cross. You feel that and America needs to feel that stuff. America — America needs to do better than look at that picture of that father and that daughter in the river — and you tell me — that you’re going to go to the voting booth, and you’re going to go “they shouldn’t have crossed the river.” Now there are people out there who will believe that.”
“Go ahead. Vote for him. Do it. But I’m — I’m — and I — and I can’t wait for — we’ve had what? This is the second debate out of 20? Jesus.” Daniels added, “You know, I — whittle it down, but we need somebody that can take this guy on, that can punch him in the face.”