Kiefer Sutherland: Trump recalls segregationist George Wallace
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Actor Kiefer Sutherland sees similarities between GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (D), one of American history’s most vocal segregationists.

“You have to go back to that first Nixon campaign where Wallace managed to garner [9 million] Republican votes spewing kind of similar rhetoric to that of Donald Trump,” Sutherland says of "one of the most unusual political cycles" he's ever seen, according to The Daily Beast.


“But that’s why he didn't get the nomination and why he ultimately lost the election,” Sutherland adds of Wallace’s unsuccessful independent White House run.

Sutherland also says that he is troubled by the racism seeping into both American politics and society this campaign season.

“The ease with which racist comments fly on the Internet, and how they’re accepted — it’s a crime in this country, the fact that it’s not enforced by any of the major carriers, Google, that those people aren’t summarily dismissed from being able to use the Internet.”

The former “24” star additionally rejected the use of torture in counterterrorism, which was often depicted on the popular television series.

“In real life, I believe in due process! You cannot coerce a confession by beating the crap out of them,” Sutherland said. "We are also responsible as a society, and certainly within the context of this country we have a moral responsibility to set the standard of what is acceptable and appropriate.

“I’m very much against waterboarding and electric torture and anything of that ilk,” he added.