Actor Jeff Daniels, perhaps otherwise best know as Harry Dunne in cult comedy classic Dumb and Dumber, appeared on MSNBC on Monday morning, and offered a speech that utterly eviscerated Donald Trump.
He was on the network's chat show Deadline: White House to discuss the parallels between Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird, in which he is currently playing lead character Aatticus Finch and the current political situation in the US.
The show's host Nicole Wallace brought up a comment from former FBI director James Comey on how the show is the perfect comment for 'our time' which spurred Daniels to launch into an impassioned criticism of the Republicans, arguing that they are attempting to use 'racism' in a ditch attempt at saving the party.
Speaking to Wallace, and discussing his role as Atticus in the production, he said:
We lost, as a country. We lost respect, decency, civilised behaviour, integrity, class, accountability, responsibility ... He’s got none of that s***.
This is the opposite of what any country would need, just as far as human beings ... Get him out of here, throw him in the back of the truck and take him away.
He then continued to compare Trump supporters ignoring his flaws to the 'mob' Sorkin writes about in his adaptation of the classic Harper Lee novel:
A conscience can be exhausting and will keep you up at night. A mob is a place where people go to take a break from their conscience.
That's what I see when I look at Trump's rallies.
That's when I see the lies, spewing at these people, and they're going - I've gotta believe in something. He said he'd bring my manufacturing job back, and she didn't
He then said that it's also about 'race'.
At the end of the day, aside from not wanting to pay taxes, it's race. It's all about race.
This is about the Republican Party, or a wing of it, going, 'This is our last chance to save the party, and if we don't, it's the end of the Republican Party.' The only way they could do that was tap the race button and say, 'Go ahead, it's OK,' and [Republicans] did.
He didn't finish there. He then proceeded to call out numerous Republican Senate members, and their lack of 'courage' in remaining silent for the sake of their jobs:
You look at the cowardice of the 15 or so Republicans in the Senate who are still quiet.
I'm not talking about Bob Corker and Jeff Flake who went out the backdoor–that's not courage, that's making sure you got a job somewhere after politics. Courage is standing up and being a true patriot like we used to have way back in 1776.
Daniels then wrapped up his diatribe with a question of when the next Daniel Ellsberg, who released the unredacted Pentagon Paper in 1971, would show up:
Who're the heroes going to be?
Is it going to be the Daniel Ellsberg Pentagon Papers guy?
Who's going to be the guy in the Justice Department who's going to go 'Here Washington Post, here's the unredacted—go.
I'm waiting for that guy.
When activist and filmmaker Adam Best shared the clip to social media, people loved it.