Jeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump

Actor Jeff Daniels on Monday denounced Senate Republicans, arguing Democracy was at stake under President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE and that members of his own party should speak out against him.

Daniels accused Republicans of being too cowardly to speak out against Trump and more broadly said that the people in Congress "are all worthless" to him.


"You look at the cowardice of the 15 or so Republicans in the Senate who are still quiet," Daniels said on MSNBC before calling out former GOP senators Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (Ariz.) for going out the "back door."

"That’s not courage. That’s making sure you’ve got a job somewhere after politics. Courage is standing up and being a true patriot like we used to have way back in 1776," he added.

Daniel Ellsberg was a military analyst who was instrumental in the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. The documents showed military and political leaders believed the Vietnam War could not be won.

Corker and Flake were both frequent critics of Trump, but both chose not to run for reelection in 2018.

Daniels, who is appearing on Broadway in "To Kill a Mockingbird," also accused the GOP of using the "race card" to advance its agenda.

"At the end of the day, aside from 'I don’t want to pay taxes,' it’s race," Daniels said. "It’s race. This is about the Republican Party — or a wing of it — going, 'This is our last chance to save the party. And if we don’t, it’s the end of the Republican Party.'"

"And the only way they can do that was to tap the race button and say, 'Go ahead. It’s OK.' And he did, and they did. And that was the only card they had left to play, and they played it, and they aren’t going to go quietly," he added.

Daniels has frequently criticized Trump and the GOP during Trump's time in the White House. The actor said in March that the U.S. had "lost respect, decency, civilized behavior, integrity, class, accountability, responsibility" under Trump. 

He also implored Republicans to “step up” and put the country before the GOP.