Will Smith Says We Need to ‘Cleanse’ Trump From America

Actor Will Smith was in Dubai this week promoting his new film, the DC Comics villain ensemble Suicide Squad, when talk turned to U.S. politics. The movie star began by┬átalking about his own evident popularity in Dubai as a rebuttal to Islamophobia, and said that he expects to be called on to comment on the “insanity” of the U.S. election as the campaign progresses. HE then went on an extended riff in which he referred to the election as a “cleansing,” and compared it to marriage counseling:

It creates a dark moment, but for me, it’s the dark before the dawn.

Smith went on to single out Donald Trump and his supporters, and to say that despite the “pain” and “embarrassment” of listening to Trump speak, he thinks it will be a good thing in the end:

As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk, and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good, we get to hear it, we get to know who people are, and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.

The film Suicide Squad scored the largest August opening ever this past weekend, raking in $135 million.

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