Avengers director Joss Whedon was given air time on MSNBC, Friday, to bash “nightmarish” Republicans as trying to stop people from voting and Donald Trump as a “scary monster.” The filmmaker, who has started a Super Pac to defeat the businessman, attacked, “I think he's a threat to our country. I think he is a threat to our idea of democracy. I think he's a scary monster and I am not shy about that.”
Regarding Republican anti-voter fraud efforts, Whedon mocked, “The fact [is] that the GOP is constantly trying to put up laws that's making it harder to vote and talk about voter fraud when they want to stop people from voting.” He concluded, “Clearly, they want to stop people from being heard and I think if they are heard, that's going to stop that nightmare from happening.”
Roberts only managed to ask one tough question, pointing out that Democrats, who don’t like money in politics, are pouring cash into Super Pacs. Whedon justified:
JOSS WHEDON: I don't think there should be super PACS. I think there is to much money. I like to think of Save the Day as a Super PAC to end all Super PACs because I literally hope it does. Like, if we can get Hillary Clinton in the White House and Citizens United take the money out of politics and out of that campaign, I think it would be great.
A transcript of the September 30 Place for Politics segment is below:
Place for Politics
THOMAS ROBERTS: Director of the block buster film Avengers, Joss Whedon, is back with what might be his biggest endeavor yet, convincing you to get out there and vote. So, take a look of the latest from his Save the Day Super PAC featuring actor and activist Jesse Williams.
JESSE WILLIAMS: This is not about the White House. This is about your house. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot sit in a jury. You can’t even choose your mayor. You can’t even choose your district attorney. You cannot decide which measures will help your family or community and which will put them at risk. This government was designed to be changed. You can make that change or you can take what little they give you. Democracy is not a sham. It is a job. It is our job. It took two goddamn long to get it to just let it slide. You say vote because there are still people who don't want you to.
ROBERTS: So, joining me now is Joss Whedon, who produced that ad and created the Save the Day Super PAC. It’s great to have you with me. And I want you to express, Joss, why is this so important to you and also the folks that you asked to be in the video, like Jesse?
JOSS WHEDON: You know, I think there has been so much negativity in this campaign and so much reductiveness. It’s him against her. Some people are saying it’s the lesser of two evils. I don’t think that’s true at all. But, it is a very important choice and I think what we forgotten is that we are part of that important choice and we need to pick our president. We need to pick a Senate that's going to listen to our needs and do its job. We need to, you know, all the other items, the stuff that Jesse was talking about, the local stuff that will really affect our communities. If we don't take an active part in that then it is somebody's decisions then we can’t complain. So, for me, obviously the stakes are very high in the presidential election. But the main thrust of Save the Day is to just get people to be part of democracy.
ROBERTS: We know other than Jesse, we were able to get some other big names to be apart of the Save the day." I want to show a brief portion. Take a look at this.
[Clip from Save the Day Ad.]
ROBERTS: Joss, the campaign and the effort here is for get out to vote. But as you look at that in full context and it runs about two-minutes, it really seems to be an anti-Trump PAC ad message. Is that accurate?
WHEDON: Oh, yeah. That’s absolutely accurate. I think he's a threat to our country. I think he is a threat to our idea of democracy. I think he's a scary monster and I am not shy about that. I am also not going to the polls to vote against Donald Trump, I am voting for Hillary Clinton. That's probably the radical opinion that I have. I think she's actually a really good politician who really cares about the right thing and I have been watching her career as long as it’s been going on. And I am a fan and I am excited for her presidency. But, the fact the matter is that, enough people vote, I think it is going to hurt Donald Trump's chances. But that alone tells you something. The fact that the GOP is constantly trying to put up laws that's making it harder to vote and talk about voter fraud when they want to stop people from voting. Then, clearly, they want to stop the people from being heard and I think if they are heard, that’s going to stop that nightmare from happening. I am not shy about that.
ROBERTS: Joss, when it comes to, you know, a lot of people thinking of the too much money influences politics in politics. We know there are big ticket events in Hollywood for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and some luncheons that costs $30,000 a head to attend at the Timberlakes’s Place, what's your feeling about too much big money flowing in from certain people. Donald Trump's big message has been s I don't need the Hollywood elites and players. That kind of works against folks and Hillary Clinton and what you are trying to do to get people to support her.
WHEDON: Well, what I am trying to do is very public, obviously. Everything what we do are out there for people to see. We are clear that this is us telling you how we feel about this process. It is not dark money sneaking in, you know, unannounced. I don't think there is — I don’t think there should be super PACS. I think there is to much money. I like to think of Save the Day as a Super PAC to end all Super PACs because I literally hope it does. Like, if we can get Hillary Clinton in the White House and Citizens United, take the money out of politics and out of that campaign, I think it would be great.