- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dan Aykroyd is blaming the departure from Twitter by “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones on “millions” of allegedly racist Donald Trump voters.

Leslie Jones told fans on Monday that she was leaving Twitter with “tears and a very sad heart” because of racists messages she received on the social media platform. Mr. Aykroyd told Entertainment Weekly Canada on Tuesday that he blames “millions” of Klu Klux Klan members who he speculated will back Mr. Trump’s Republican presidential campaign.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal nonprofit organization, estimates the KKK’s membership includes between 5,000 and 8,000 people.

“These people, first of all, they’re insignificant gnats, they’re losers, they have no lives of their own,” said the “Ghostbusters” producer and cast member of the 1984 original movie. “They can probably barely pay for the Wi-Fi they’re using — probably no jobs. I would say you’re looking at obese white men between 50 and 60 who are active Klan members or member of the Aryan Nation and there are millions of them.”

Mr. Aykroyd said he was “afraid to say that that contingency will be voting for the Republican ticket,” even if Mr. Trump is not “as racist” as his supporters.

Twitter banned conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos due to his recent interactions with Ms. Jones, but the Breitbart News technology editor did not say anything racist. He was seemingly given a lifetime ban for the rhetoric of others.

“Ghostbusters,” which was made for roughly $150 million, opened last weekend to mixed reviews. The comedy netted $46 million, which does not bode well for its chances of turning a profit for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The more I ponder it, the worse this scenario plays out,” box-office analyst Jeff Bock told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. “Curiosity played a big factor in the $46 million debut and, as such, I doubt it will hold like a typical Feig comedy. In fact, I think it’s going to drop big-time when ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ open next week.”

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