Veteran Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview released this week that President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “trip in memory hell.”
As part of The Hollywood Reporter’s expose on how Samuel L. Jackson, 70, became one of the most financially lucrative actors, the star spoke of his radical political views in his younger years and suggests the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan — touted regularly by the president and other top Republicans ( and Bill Clinton) — evoked anger and past resentment.
Growing up in the segregated South and coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, Jackson found himself at the nexus of radical politics. As a student at the all-male, historically black Morehouse College, he’d been an usher at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968, but after King’s assassination he began to relate more to non-pacifist activists, like H. Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael. “It was easier for me to side with their ideology [than with King’s],” he explains, “or understand that ‘violence is as American as cherry pie,’ as Brown put it. That made sense to me, you know? Somebody hits you, you hit them back.”
Jackson’s politics today are more modulated, but he still doesn’t believe in pulling punches. “When I hear ‘Make America Great Again,’ I hear something else. When I see the president and Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions going on with that twang, that’s a trip in memory hell. And that does anger me.”
Jackson has taken to social media to criticize President Trump and his administration, having described the president as a “Muthafukka” “hemorrhoid,” and “busted condom.”
The Snakes on a Plane star has even alleged that President Trump once cheated him during a round of golf together, prompting a denial from the president that they even stepped foot on the links together.
However, some of Jackson’s anti-Trump rants have landed him in hot water with fans and critics, alike. In June, the A-lister was met with blowback for dedicating a tweet to the president for his birthday, which included gay-shaming sentiments.
Jackson made headlines this week for praising Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) profane pledge to impeachment President Trump in a viral rant. Referencing the president, Tlaib vowed to “impeach the motherfucker” while speaking before activists at a reception held by the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org.
“I just wanna Wholeheartedly endorse your use of & clarity of purpose when declaring your Motherfucking goal last week,” Jackson tweeted at the freshman congresswoman. “Calling that Muthafukkah a Motherfucker is not an issue,calling that Muthaffuqah President Is!!!”
Samuel L. Jackson concluded his tweet with the hashtag: “#motherfuckeristoogoodtowasteonthatcankersore”
@RashidaTlaib I just wanna Wholeheartedly endorse your use of & clarity of purpose when declaring your Motherfucking goal last week.Calling that Muthafukkah a Motherfucker is not an issue,calling that Muthaffuqah President Is!!!#motherfuckeristoogoodtowasteonthatcankersore
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) January 7, 2019