Two-time Oscar-winning actor and political activist Sean Penn believes that Tea Party politicians such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz have mental health problems and need to be committed to psychiatric hospitals for their own good.
“I think it’s a good idea,” the Mystic River star and former husband of Madonna told CNN’s Piers Morgan Monday evening.
“You literally commit people like Ted Cruz?” Morgan asked Penn, seemingly unsure as to whether the actor who first gained recognition as the pot-smoking surfer Jeff Spicoli in 1982’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High was kidding or not.
“He is my American brother,” Penn replied. “ I think we should take care of him, he is in trouble.”
The exchange started when Penn, discussing his most recent visit to Haiti where he has been aiding the local population rebuild since the 2010 earthquake there, said that when the U.S. government shut down recently he told colleagues, “I have to leave Haiti now because I have to travel to the third world county that I come from.”
Penn then segued into a discourse on the influence of Tea Party ideology on the American political landscape.
“There's a mental health problem in Congress. This would be solved by committing them by executive order,” he said. “Because these are our American brothers and sisters. We shouldn't be criticizing them. This is a cry for help.”
Penn went on to give an overall critique of American political culture.
“Here's this country with -- where we have it all, we have it all to make it great,” he said to Morgan. “and we find ways from self-destructing and by, you know, saying nasty things about each other and being crazy.”
Watch Penn’s interview with Morgan from Monday night’s CNN broadcast, below.
SOURCES: MediaIte, Real Clear Politics, YouTube, Wikipedia