As she received her award from the Screen Actors’ Guild for Female Actor, Seinfeld and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus took a shot at President Donald Trump and his Muslim ban.
At the beginning of her speech, Dreyfus kept things light by making a joke about the size of the crowds that were attending the event. However, things took a serious turn when she recounted her father’s story of fleeing Nazi-occupied France.
‘I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France and I’m an American patriot and I love this country. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.’
Trump’s Muslim ban is, ethically, no different than refusing Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. Innocent people could die because Trump and his supporters live in a fantasy world where every Muslim wants to kill them, despite the overwhelming evidence the contrary.
Dreyfus’ point about patriotism is particularly important as the right-wing loves to smear their opponents with the charge that only conservatives are capable of loving this country. The love conservatives have for this country is a love rooted in fear and obedience. They seem to believe that any criticism is tantamount to treason. Unless, of course, a Democrat is in office in which case they start throwing out mangled quotes from Thomas Jefferson about the tree of liberty.
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