Angelina Jolie: ‘American People Are Bigger Than Any President’

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Angelina Jolie said the “American people are bigger than any president,” when asked about her op-ed attacking President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

On Monday, the 41-year-old actress said in a BBC interview that she worries about the rise of populism across the world, and said the only thing she can do is use her voice and encourage others to do the same. Jolie said diversity needs to be “embraced,” without specifically mentioning Trump by name. (RELATED: Report: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Are Getting Divorced)

UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie arrives at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial at Lancaster House on September 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stefan Rousseau – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“And I see it rising, and the only thing I can do is to use my voice, and encourage others, and raise my children to know right and wrong and to have a broad view of the world, and to embrace their diversity and other people’s, and respect others,” Jolie responded. “The American people are bigger than any president. I suppose I have faith in my country and in what it is founded on and the values we hold dear.” (RELATED: Angelina Jolie Has A Message For Donald Trump That He Won’t Like)

“I believe that many of the things that we’re hearing that we feel are based on a sense of spreading fear or hate or dividing people by race or judgement is un-American,” she added. “At this time I think what is amazing is we are seeing people around the world start to speak out for their civil liberties and rights and what they feel. In America, we are hearing people say ‘this is un-American to me, this is unconstitutional to me. And this is who I am.'”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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