- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Martin Sheen blasted President Trump and congressional Republicans in a Democratic fundraising email Wednesday, claiming his years of portraying a fictional president on “The West Wing” gave him insight on what D.C. “should be like.”

“My time playing the president on ‘The West Wing’ taught me what Washington should be like,” Mr. Sheen, who played fictional President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet on the award-winning series from 1999 to 2006, said in a fundraising email by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), The Hill first reported.

“And right now, with the Republicans in control, it’s far from what we, as Americans, deserve,” he wrote.

Mr. Sheen said he’s “disgusted” by Republicans “kowtowing to their rich special interests,” and he’s “most disgusted” by the Republican effort to “gut health care and social programs for Americans in need.”

The email, titled “Disgusted,” comes one day after Senate Republicans postponed a vote on their bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Sheen has been outspoken against Mr. Trump in the past. In December, he was featured in a so-called “public service announcement” by Unite for America urging Republican electors not to cast their ballots for then-President-elect Trump.

In a March DCCC pitch, Mr. Sheen said he’s routinely asked how President Bartlet would handle the Trump administration, The Hill reported.

“He would tell America to stand up for what’s right, and fight back with everything it’s got,” Mr. Sheen said at the time.

The Washington Examiner notes that while “The West Wing” took place in D.C., most of it was actually filmed on sound stages in Burbank, California.

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