Comedian Denis Leary can be added to the long list of celebrities who are not impressed by Donald Trump. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Leary came down hard on the GOP nominee for his repeated exploitation of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Leary, whom The Daily Beast calls a “prolific philanthropist,” has donated millions of dollars to those affected by the attacks via his charities, the Leary Firefighters Foundation and the Fund for New York’s Bravest. These two charities have distributed funds to fire departments in Boston and New York, as well as to the families of the 343 firemen who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Leary has been understandably frustrated with Trump’s lies about the Sept. 11 attacks and the inordinate amount of disrespect he has shown the victims. During the primary elections, Trump claimed that he saw “thousands” of Muslims celebrate the collapse of the World Trade Center. He also claims to have seen people jumping out of the buildings all the way from his Midtown Manhattan penthouse, which is over four miles from Ground Zero.
The Daily Beast pointed out that it wasn’t just during the primary elections, though, that Trump was being disrespectful. Merely one week after the attacks, Trump said that the Twin Towers were “not great” buildings, and as of 2015, he had not donated any money to 9/11 charities. The icing on the cake is the fact that, despite living in New York, he did notvisit the 9/11 Memorial until four-and-a-half years after it was built, a date that just happened to coincide with the New York presidential primary.
With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that Leary does not exactly have a positive view of Donald Trump. Leary told The Daily Beast, referring to the GOP nominee, “I think he’ll basically do anything to get the spotlight.” He continued:
‘Trump will take advantage of whatever the situation, the cause, or the event might be. Where was he before this? I’ve been downtown forever and been to a lot of 9/11 Memorial events—the fifth anniversary, the 10th anniversary, others—and I don’t remember seeing Donald Trump there once.’
Leary went further, attacking Trump’s rhetoric and social media habits while also working in a jab at Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“It’s all built on fear, noise, bigotry, and finger-pointing,” he said. “The guy loves to tweet. But I look at all the candidates on both sides, and I’m thinking, ‘These are the people we have to choose from? What the f*ck is going on?’”
Denis Leary is not the first comedian to have something negative to say about Donald Trump. In July, Australian comedian Jim Jeffries compared Trump to “a kid running for class president.” And in March of this year, Louis C.K. added a lengthy postscript to an email blast, imploring his fans not to vote for Trump. Below is just a sample of the postscript, which can be read in full here.
‘Trump is not your best. He’s the worst of all of us. He’s a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don’t vote for your own cancer. You’re better than that.’