Patricia Arquette Says Trump Sparked 'Destruction' of American Democracy

Patricia Arquette has spoken out against former President Donald Trump, accusing him of sparking the "destruction" of American democracy.

The actress, 53, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, 75, over the years, counting herself among the millions of participants across the U.S. in 2017's Women's March, held to protest Trump's entry into the White House.

While the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician would go on to serve just one term as president, True Romance star Arquette said the New York native has left the nation in a "never-ending emergency triage."

In a new interview with British newspaper The Guardian, which was published on Tuesday, the screen star was asked if she believed that Trump's term was something everybody would one day look back and laugh at.

"No, I'll never laugh at him," she told Rich Pelley. "It's shocking how much destruction to the democracy he was capable of doing in such a little time. I just feel like we're in the middle of a never-ending emergency triage in America."

Addressing her participation in the anti-Trump Women's March, which was also supported by international protests, Arquette went on to point out that the noise was made for a reason—citing the controversial new Texas abortion law as an example.

"I don't think there was any amount of marching you could do to stop what was going to happen," the actress said. "A lot of people showed up. It was very spontaneous and authentic. We knew that women's rights were going to be on the line and we were right. We weren't being alarmists."

She continued: "In Texas, if a girl gets pregnant by incest, she has six weeks to discover she's pregnant. Kids that age may not even have regular periods, let alone be able to figure out how to get a pregnancy test.

"Six weeks to figure out if you want to have an abortion. It may be something you don't even feel comfortable telling your family, because it might be happening in your family.

"And rape victims don't have the right to have an abortion in Texas after six weeks. Yet the authorities don't work to the same timetable. They don't limit themselves to six weeks to collect evidence.

"They don't have to make arrests within six weeks, but they expect women to adhere when most women don't even know they're pregnant yet. That is very disturbing to me."

With Trump's presidency now in the rear view mirror—save for another possible bid for the White House in 2024—Arquette said that she has been able to embrace and appreciate the positive aspects in her life.

Arquette's interview with The Guardian marks one of several times the screen star has spoken out against Trump, most notably criticizing him in January 2020 when she collected a Golden Globe statuette for her efforts in The Act.

Ahead of Joe Biden becoming the Democrats' presidential nominee, Arquette also urged the public not to vote for Trump to have a second term in a series of tweets.

"Donald Trump has done nothing but expedite climate change inducing policies with four more years that would only get worse," she wrote in March 2020, per The Independent. "Say no to mass extinction and the destruction of our planet. Vote Democrat."

She added at the time: "Women's right to chose is hanging by a thread. DO NOT LET TRUMP WIN. You lose the courts for a generation you will lose many things."

Newsweek has contacted a representative of Trump for comment.

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Patricia Arquette (L) has spoken out against former President Donald Trump (R), accusing him of sparking the "destruction" of American democracy during his single term in office. The actress has publicly criticized Trump on a number of occasions. Steve Granitz/WireImage;/Brandon Bell/Getty Images