Actor Jeff Daniels Says Republicans Used Racism As A Last Ditch Effort to 'Save The Party'

Jeff Daniels appeared on MSNBC Monday afternoon speaking on the parallels of his Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and the current political arena.

During the conversation, Deadline: White House's host Nicole Wallace brought up a comment from former FBI Director Jim Comey on the play and how it's the perfect show for "our time." Comey's comment ignited Daniels' criticism of the Republican party of using racism as a last ditch effort to "save the party."

The Godless actor has been vehemently vocal about his anti-Trump views. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in March, Daniels said President Trump is "the opposite" of what America needs.

“We lost, as a country. We lost respect, decency, civilized behavior, integrity, class, accountability, responsibility ... He's got none of that s***," Daniels said. "This is the opposite of what any country would need, just as far as human beings ... Get him out of here, throw him in the back of the truck and take him away."

Daniels continued the politically-charged conversation Monday by saying that the 2020 election is a "gamble" and if Trump were to be re-elected, it would be the "end of democracy."

Daniels went on to compare Trump supporters ignoring his flaws to a "mob" Sorkin writes about his in adaptation, which created "absent contemplation" and a "break from their conscience."

"A conscience can be exhausting and will keep you up at night. A mob is a place where people go to take a break from their conscience," Daniels said. "That's what I see when I look at Trump's rallies."

"At the end of the day, aside from not wanting to pay taxes, it's race. It's all about race," he added. "This is about the Republican Party, or a wing of it, going, 'This is our last chance to save the party, and if we don't, it's the end of the Republican Party.' The only way they could do that was tap the race button and say, 'Go ahead, it's OK,' and [Republicans] did."

The actor went on to call out the numerous Republican Senate members and their lack of "courage" and remaining quiet for the sake of their jobs.

"You look at the cowardice of the 15 or so Republicans in the Senate who are still quiet," Daniels said. "I'm not talking about Bob Corker and Jeff Flake who went out the backdoor–that not courage, that's making sure you got a job somewhere after politics. Courage is standing up and being a true patriot like we used to have way back in 1776."

Daniels wrapped up his commentary with a question of when the next Daniel Ellsberg—the man who released the unredacted Pentagon Paper in 1971—will show up.

"Who's going to be the hero," Daniels questioned. "Who's going to be the guy in the Justice Department who's going to go 'Here Washington Post, here's the unredacted—go.'"

"I'm waiting for that guy," he concluded.