Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis asserted that Syrian refugees should “stay where the hell they are” and declared his support for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in a recent interview with Catholic journalist Raymond Arroyo.
“ISIS has attacked the world. And all of a sudden I’m wondering, ‘Where are all of our NATO allies?’ Why don’t I have Germany, and Italy and Great Britain?” Mr. Lewis, 89, said in the wide-ranging Dec. 10 interview, first reported by the Gateway Pundit.
“Get all of your military together, bring that military to our military and wipe ‘em out!” he exclaimed. “They’re asking to be stopped. And we’re not stopping them, we’re just reporting what they’re doing. It’s ridiculous.”
Asked to weigh in on the Syrian refugee crisis, Mr. Lewis said bluntly: “Refugees should stay where the hell they are.”
“Hey, nobody has worked harder for the human condition than I have, but they’re not part of the human condition. If 11 guys in that group of 10,000 are ISIS—how can I take the chance? I don’t want to lose another Frenchman or another Englishman,” he said. “You can’t really knock the president, per se, because he was never prepared for it. And what I’m watching in him is uncertainty. And you don’t have uncertainty in a leader. A leader doesn’t give a s– what he does, but he gets it done.”
Mr. Arroyo then asked the comedian his thoughts on Mr. Trump.
“I think he’s great,” Mr. Lewis said. “He’s a showman and we’ve never had a showman in the president’s chair.”
“Well, we had Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Arroyo added.
“Well, that’s different,” Mr. Lewis said. “You can’t make a comparison with Ronald Reagan because I can do three hours on him with just praise, he was so good.”
Earlier in the interview, Mr. Lewis was asked to give his thoughts on several popular comedians.
“I don’t like him,” he said of Stephen Colbert. “I think he’s a snob. I think he’s elitist and a snob.”
He used the words “wonderful” and “brilliant” to describe Tina Fey.
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