During an interview with WNYC’s “Studio 360” on Wednesday, the Oscar winner weighed in on the contentious Republican frontrunner and his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
“What I feel is a little bit [of] compassion," the “The Revenant” filmmaker said. "It’s part of the ignorance that is based on fear, and prejudice to find the otherness, to be threatened. To be so rich and to be so bitter – it’s a poor man whose only possession is money."
Since announcing his bid for presidency last June, Trump has labeled Mexican immigrants “killers” and “rapists,” suggested a mass deportation of undocumented immigrants and proposed banning Muslims from entering the country as a way to prevent terrorism, among so many other xenophobic remarks and propositions.
According to Iñárritu, Trump’s problem is that he can’t see the “humanity” and “integrity” in those he rebukes.
"When you generalize masses and say 'these guys are rapists' you are taking out the humanity, the integrity of a human being. And that has historically been the way horrible things have happened to humanity. Millions of people have suffered and been killed."