Will Smith was asked about Donald Trump while making the press rounds for Suicide Squad and the rapper-actor didn’t mince words. In an interview with news.com.au, Smith talked about the Republican presidential nominee with nothing but disdain and questioned his supporters.
“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary,” Smith said. “And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f—ing insanity to me. My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig. And I cannot understand how people can clap for that. It’s absolutely collective insanity.”
Smith added that he wouldn’t tolerate his sons talking about women the way that Trump has.
“If one of my sons – I am getting furious just thinking about it – if one of my sons said that in a public place, they couldn’t even live in my house any more,” he said. The Oscar-nominated actor added that he does believe that Trump’s presidential ambitions will fall flat because America wouldn’t elect him to the White House.
“For me, deep down in my heart, I believe that America won’t and we can’t (elect Mr Trump). Of all the things he has said, and we could go through the laundry list, that was the one that was such an absolute illustration of a darkness of his soul. I just cannot figure out how people can clap for that.”
Smith alluded to Trump’s fear-mongering and how it has tapped into the peoples’ worst tendencies.
“I think as much as we want to believe that love is the greatest human motivator, it’s not. Fear is. Fear is the most dangerous and powerful motivator because when a human being gets scared, fight or flight kicks in.
“And there is this really separatist non-inclusive xenophobic, racist wave that is sweeping the globe that is making us pull apart farther than putting us together.”
The former Fresh Prince also shared his thoughts on leadership–and how leadership can’t be driven by fear.
“The importance of leaders is that they have to be level headed, they have to be calm,” Smith said. “Because when people get scared, they lose their morality and that reptile mind takes over. It’s the type of thing that you see in all forms of nature, but our leaders can’t be that.”
Smith reiterated that he believes that Americans won’t let a Trump presidency happen.
“So, we are not even going to pretend it is going to happen. I have faith in America. America has had really critical times but the good (people) tend to make their way to the top.”
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