At a press conference in Dubai, where he’s currently promoting his latest film “Suicide Squad,” Smith shared, “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 know who people are and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”
Smith also said his appearance in Dubai was itself a rebuke to “Islamophobia” in America.
“In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me that’s why it’s important to show up,” he said. “The Middle East can’t allow Fox News to be the arbiter of the imagery, you know. So cinema is a huge way to be able to deliver the truth of the soul of a place to a global audience.”
Smith has opened fired on Trump’s candidacy in recent weeks. In an appearance on “The Tonight Show” last month, the actor expressed hope that the country could undergo a “cleansing,” as racial incidents are increasingly captured on film across the nation.
“When everything gets out, it’s a good thing,” Smith told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. “It just sucks bad when the truth is out. But I think everybody can see it now. And I think it’s just a little darkness before the cleansing that we’ll have as we move forward.”
Earlier this month, Smith told the Australian outlet news.com.au that a global “separatist, non-inclusive, racist, xenophobic wave” is currently dividing society.
“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary,” Smith told the news website, referring to Trump’s long-running feud with Rosie O’Donnell. “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.”