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Jerry Lewis Called Trump 'Great'

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The world immediately began mourning Jerry Lewis' death at age 91, recalling nearly everything about the legendary comedian — from his famous team-up with singer Dean Martin for a string of hilarious films to Lewis' raising $2.5 billion in his storied telethons on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

But one thing that is almost sure to be ignored by the national media about Jerry Lewis was he was an admirer of Donald Trump and predicted he would be a "great" president.

In 2015, in one his last interviews, the "King of Comedy" engaged in a rare discussion about politics with EWTN News' Raymond Arroyo.

Asked what he felt about the early candidacy of Trump for president, Lewis replied: "I think he's great."

Pressed as to why he liked Trump, Lewis said "Because he's a showman, and we've never had a showman in the president's chair."

When Arroyo gently reminded the comedian that many felt former actor Ronald Reagan was a showman, Lewis said his old friend from Hollywood was "different" and "I can do three hours on him with just praise – he was so good."

Lewis also took a strong conservative line on admitting refugees from the Middle East to the U.S.

"Refugees should stay where the hell they are!" he told Arroyo.

Declaring "Hey, nobody has worked harder for the human condition than I have," Lewis said refugees are "not part of the human condition. If 11 guys in that group of 10,000 are ISIS, how can I take the chance [of admitting them to the U.S.]? I don't want to lose another Frenchman, another Englishman. That bothers me."

Of then-President Barack Obama's dealing with the refugee crisis, Lewis said: "You can't really knock the president per se because he never [knew] what was out there. He was never prepared for it. What I am watching in him is uncertainty, and you don't have uncertainty in a leader. A leader doesn't give a [expletive deleted] what he does but gets it done."

The legendary comic almost never got involved in politics or spoke on politicians and issues on the advice of the late President John F. Kennedy, a longtime friend and golfing companion.

In 2008, Lewis told the Las Vegas Review Journal "one thing Jack Kennedy told me for sure was don't get into anything political. Don't do that, because it will usurp your strength."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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