- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

If it weren’t for the tea party, Congress would work well, Hollywood actor Sean Penn said during a recent appearance on CNN with host Piers Morgan. And he also said tea partyers should be forcibly committed for mental health treatment.

Really, the tea party is to blame for nearly all of the issues facing Congress, he said, as Politico reported.

“I think they have — there’s a mental health problem in Congress,” Mr. Penn said. “This would be solved by committing them by executive order, I think. Because these are our American brothers and sisters, we shouldn’t be criticizing them, attacking them. … This is a cry for help.

Mr. Morgan encouraged Mr. Penn to continue: “You literally commit what, people like Ted Cruz?”

And Mr. Penn’s reply, as Politico reported: “He is my American brother. I think we should take care of him, he is in trouble.”

Mr. Morgan then double-checked if Mr. Penn mean to say that he wanted to forcibly commit Mr. Cruz for mental-health treatment.

“Yeah, I think it’s a good idea,” Mr. Penn said with a laugh, Politico reported.

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