WEB DESK: She’s not with him. Angelina Jolie joined the ever-growing list of celebrities who’ve publicly lashed out at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the celebrity activist gave a very pointed reason for why she opposes the mogul on Monday, May 16.
Jolie, 40, the special envoy of the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking at a migration event coordinated by BBC in London, when she shared her thoughts about the controversial candidate. According to CNN, Jolie “closed her eyes and shook her head in disapproval” when she was asked about Trump’s comments about Muslims. (The mogul suggested a temporary ban on allowing Muslims, including those women and children fleeing war-ravaged Syria, from entering the United States.)
“To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion,” the Maleficent actress replied. “So it’s hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president.” (Jolie has yet to endorse a candidate.)
In her chat, the Unbroken director also discussed the unsubstantiated fear about allowing immigrants into the country. “It has created the risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest,” the mom of six told the audience, according to the Associated Press.
Jolie also compared the ongoing refugee crisis to World War II, and suggested countries around the world coordinate and work together to help support the startling 60 million displaced people around the world.
“I have been very, very disheartened by my own country’s response to the situation,” she said.
The star’s interest in humanitarian issues has been spotlighted since she first visited Cambodia well over a decade ago, where she adopted her eldest son, Maddox, now 14. Now she’s lending her voice in hopes to influence the political landscape too.
Us Weekly exclusively revealed in early May that Jolie, luckily, has found good people to help her grow politically. A source told Us that the beloved actress and wife of Brad Pitt has “struck up a close friendship” with a mentor, British House of Lords member Baroness Arminka Helic, who was an aide to foreign secretary William Hague.
Source: With inputs from CNN