‘West Wing’ Creator Aaron Sorkin: ‘Better Voters’ Key to Defeating Trump

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 04: Aaron Sorkin speaks at the 'Molly's Game' press conference during the 13th Zurich Film Festival on October 4, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2017 will take place from September 28 until October 8. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin suggested that “better voters” are key to defeating President Trump in 2020, telling the audience at Friday’s 20th-anniversary screening of Two Cathedrals at New York’s PaleyFest that we are living in “unnerving times.”

Sorkin told the audience that we are living in “unnerving times, particularly over the past week” and fielded questions from individuals in the audience, one of whom thanked the producer for teaching “civics” on his award-winning political show. Sorkin stressed the importance of the subject, adding that it results in “better voters.” The Moneyball screenwriter — who chalked up Trump’s historical victory as a win for the KKK, white nationalists, sexists, racists, buffoons, and angry white men — took a veiled shot at Trump’s supporters, suggesting that a lack of informed voters in society results in “the tribalism that we have” with Donald Trump.

“We need to make better voters. Otherwise, it’s bound to descend into the tribalism that we have,” he said, according to Variety.

Another audience member told Sorkin that “we need better candidates and need to eliminate the two-party system.” While Sorkin agreed with the general sentiment, he stuck to his initial assertion, arguing that “better voters get us better candidates.”

“I think, in a democracy, how can it not ultimately be the responsibility of the voters?” Sorkin asked. “We’re right to point to all the people we’re pointing at right now in Washington saying, ‘This is so un-American, what’s going on,’ but when are voters going to bear some responsibility?”

“Every four years, there’s this incredible opportunity, because most people don’t have time to do much more than to get through their day and get food on the table and take care of their kids, but every four years, we have the opportunity to hear a great debate and make great progress,” he continued.

“We never hear the great debate. It’s ‘Hillary’s emails!’ It’s wasted every time, and that is so frustrating,” Sorkin added.

Sorkin has remained a vocal critic of the president, once describing Trump as a “really dumb guy with an observable psychiatric disorder.”

Categorizing the president as “dumb” is one of Sorkin’s go-to critiques.  The Molly’s Game director repeated his longheld assessment during an interview with Vanity Fair last month, calling the president “staggeringly, breathtakingly dumb.”

“We’re living in a world of just crude politics, corruption in plain sight, out-and-out lying, and a staggeringly, breathtakingly dumb person in the Oval Office,” Sorkin told the outlet.

He has also insulted Trump’s base in the past, penning a letter following Trump’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and declaring the win a victory for misogynists and racists.

“It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has,” the Oscar-winner wrote.

“The [Ku Klux] Klan won last night,” he proclaimed. “White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate.”


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