Martin Sheen Says Donald Trump’s Presidency Wouldn’t be Realistic on TV

There have been a number of television shows and movies about presidents. Few, though, were as critically acclaimed and beloved as The West Wing. The show, which ran from 1999-2006 starred Martin Sheen as President Jed Bartlett.

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The show pictured a much different Washington DC than the one we see today. And the main reason for that difference is the behavior of Donald Trump. Sheen is certainly no fan of the president. In a recent interview, he said that Trump gets away with much more than any TV president ever could.

When asked about the 45th president, Sheen replied, “[Trump] is an actor. He’s an actor. Not a good one, because he has no sense of truth. His instinct is to bully and to be what it’s all about all the time — all the time. This administration, what the hell was their policy on anything? I hate to say this, but it is a show. It is a series. Every day is a new episode, and every day, it’s all about him, all the time.”

The actor continued, “You watched him with the White House task force” on COVID-19? “He never left the stage. He was never more than 3 feet away from whoever was talking, and was either approving or disapproving by his body language.”

Sheen also said that the solution to Trump is Joe Biden, “because he put the focus on character. If you lead an honest life, then it’s going to reflect in everything you do, both publicly and privately. If you lead a dishonest life, that too will reflect, and that’s what’s happening with this administration. This man [Trump] doesn’t trust the truth. He doesn’t trust himself because he’s not ever been honest.”

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