In an appearance on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” that aired Friday on CNN, the actor and comedian broke down why he had to speak out when Wallace brought up Trump criticizing migrants who come to the U.S. without documentation.
“I just cannot allow somebody to demonize a certain group of people,” said Lopez, who mocked Trump’s border wall plans in his 2020 Netflix special, “We’ll Do It for Half.”
“People come from all over the world. This is America, everybody needs to be welcomed,” the comedian continued. “And for somebody to, you know, point the light at people that, you know, I’m sure this country benefits from their work every day. I just don’t think that those people should be made to feel like they’re the reason America is the way that it is.”
Lopez, who had Trump on his late-night talk show in 2010 before becoming a harsh critic of him ahead of the 2016 election, once pretended to urinate on the former president’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2018. He also sparked controversy in 2020 when he commented, “We’ll do it for half,” in response to an Instagram post about an unconfirmed claim that Iran had issued an $80 million bounty on Trump.
Wallace later asked Lopez what he thought about the current GOP front-runner ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
“I have to say, I’m surprised that somebody can be so racially out with their views targeted toward people, you know, tainting the blood and all these things are very reminiscent of Nazi Germany,” Lopez said before Wallace corrected him and noted Trump’s “poisoning the blood” remarks.
“Vermin, shithole countries and all those things. I don’t think of him much as a president and I think less of him as a man,” the comedian said.