“He’s so entertaining; he’s a moron,” said Neil Shea, a National Geographic writer who came to TCA to plug the network’s Explorer: Fighting ISIS, when asked today about GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
“I’d love to take Trump to the Middle East,” he continued to the delight of TV critics. “You can’t fight ISIS with an entertainer…Who’s doing the fighting against ISIS right now? Muslims. Mr. Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Minutes earlier, during the network’s Q&A promoting its upcoming commercial-free broadcast of He Named Me Malala, the father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai also was asked about Trump.
“We have to be together and respond to, and isolate Donald Trump, and people like the Taliban, and Boko Haram, and ISIS – people who spread hate and discrimination,” Ziauddin Yousafzai responded, via Skype.
“We have to isolate them. This world belongs to us and we belong to it and we have to have harmony. In a country like America, there should be no space for it. I can’t believe how he finds so many followers.”
He Named Me Malala director Davis Guggenheim, meanwhile, likened the current political election cycle to McCarthyism. He’s not the first to compare Trump to Republican Sen.Joseph McCarthy, whose ’50s Red Scare speeches, investigations, and hearings conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee have been compared to some of Trump’s campaign speechifying and his positions on Muslims.
“When was a I student and learning about McCarthyism, I said, ‘Man am I glad I’m not living in a time like that,” Guggenheim said. “Trump’s voice is so mainstream it worries me my children are going up in a time like that.” He called Malala herself “the perfect antidote” and invited Trump to watch its Nat Geo premiere.