Jim Carrey, never one to hold back when it comes to the current commander-in-chief and his policies, is now blaming President Donald Trump for the pipe bombs that were sent to various left-wing figures this week — and comparing the president to a demon.
Earlier this week, the actor, known mostly for his work in “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “Bruce Almighty,” tweeted out a picture of one of his paintings. It’s a close-up of what is supposed to be President Trump with his mouth open and a pipe bomb in it.
Carrey’s caption read, “Today they tried to murder two presidents as well as public servants and journalists. Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump.”
And he added, “If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it.”
Today they tried to murder two Presidents as well as public servants and journalists. Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it. pic.twitter.com/L7kYcpcPKO
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 24, 2018
Carrey’s artwork has often been highly politicized, and his comments that the president “emboldened” the suspected bomber who is now in custody — Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Florida — is nothing new.
After all, Carrey called President Trump a “demon” in an October 12 post in which he urged his followers to “Vote Democrat for goodness’ sake.”
From the bowels of the White House he shrieked, hurled curses and tweeted bile — because that's what demons do. YOU are the Exorcist. Vote Democrat for goodness' sake. https://t.co/EphA7EosbP pic.twitter.com/riVcX0PHCH
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 13, 2018
Although Carrey may claim the president is being divisive, the artist-actor has to take a look at his own actions. Friday night on “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo said as much when sharing his reaction to the Carrey paintings.
“I don’t see how this helps. I don’t see how this tamps down the hot discourse,” Arroyo told host Laura Ingraham. “If anything, [Carrey] is raising the temperature. The sad thing is when you look at the art itself, it’s angry and violent. Obviously, this is a therapy for him. He said he uses it to work through issues. My suggestion [is] Jim should work through landscapes and flowers. That would be better for his soul.”
Carrey also went after the president on Friday night at the Britannia Awards, held by the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Arts & Sciences. The actor received an award for excellence in comedy — and once again turned the occasion into a Trump blamefest during his acceptance speech.
“Thank you so much, that [standing ovation] was very convincing. I approve of the entire illusory manifestation. I’m glad it didn’t come in the mail. It kinda worked, it kinda worked, maybe be a little soon. It is my job to try. Sorry,” Carrey said. “Yes, I no longer have packages delivered to my home in the great America fashioned in the last couple of years. I don’t ever remember it being this great, actually,” he added sarcastically.
After that hit at the Trump presidency and the campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” he went after the administration for its patrol of the southern border and implied that all Trump supporters are conspiracy theorists.
“We need to be clear: Shamelessness is not, and will never be, a superpower,” he said. “It is the mark of a villain. Kidnapping children is not what great nations do. One half of America at this moment believes there is a sinister deep state diabolically plotting, to what? Give them health care?”
To be clear, the family separation policy predates this president and is based on past federal court rulings from 1993, 1997 and 2016 that were intended to stop human trafficking, along with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The act treats minors crossing the border who are not Mexican or Canadian nationals as potential human trafficking victims.
Carrey also railed against what he called “capitalism without a conscious” and the “American right wing of his day,” which he claimed “we are fighting.”
He also referenced Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and left-leaning actor Robert De Niro in his speech.
The Canadian-born Carrey last month received sharp blowback after he insisted the people of the United States “have to say yes to socialism — to the word and everything” during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday and other outlets.