- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In an interview with the Daily Beast, award-winning actor Morgan Freeman blasted the tea party and the “a small contingent of people with a lot of money” within the GOP.

Daily Beast reporter Marlow Stern asked Mr. Freeman about the government shutdown.

“Another thing we spoke about last time was the craziness of the tea party, which reared its ugly head again with the recent government shutdown,” Mr. Stern said.

“The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices,” the actor responded. “You see some of these signs that say ‘take our country back’ — What the [expletive] is that? Whose country are you talking about?

“They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country,” he continued. “Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart! That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money.”

The reporter asked if he meant the Koch Brothers “and company.”

“Yes,” Mr. Freeman responded. “And the Rush Limbaughs of the world. All those strange people.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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