Hollywood elites who criticize the Trump administration are a dime a dozen — but one actress is taking her criticism a step further.
In an appearance on The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert, Juno star Ellen Page placed the blame for violence against the LGBTQ community on Vice President Mike Pence.
Page, who is married to dancer Emma Portner, told Colbert on Thursday that she was “really fired up” about an alleged hate crime against fellow actor Jussie Smollett that occurred early Tuesday morning. Smollett, who is black, plays a gay character on the Fox drama Empire.
According to The Washington Post, Smollett was attacked by two individuals in downtown Chicago at around 2 a.m. local time. A statement from Chicago police reported that “two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him.”
“The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” the statement added. Smollett has said that bleach was poured on him, but officials were unable to confirm that.
“At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victims neck,” police further reported.
In a photo shared by the creator of the TV show Smollett stars on, the actor could be seen with bruises and cuts on his face and appeared to be in the hospital following the attack. However, there is little evidence to support Smollett’s story, leaving some to believe the attack may have been fabricated.
“Connect the dots”
The incident is currently under investigation — but that didn’t stop Page from coming forward to accuse Mike Pence of inciting the violence.
Holding back tears, Page told Colbert: “It feels impossible to not feel this way now with the president and the vice president, Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s be clear: the vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love [I have] with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana.”
In 2014, then-Gov. Pence supported a state bill that would have banned same-sex marriage in Indiana. Since then, he has maintained somewhat of a reputation among Democrats for his openly Christian stance.
“Connect the dots,” Page said. “This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen?”
But it’s more than a little bit of a stretch to say that Pence’s Christian values led to an egregious hate crime. Unfortunately for leftists like Page, they can’t blame Trump and his administration for everything — no matter how hard they try.