WASHINGTON – Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash said minorities who have been voting Democrat in every election should try something different and support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“Well, you know, what is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result or something to that effect, right? Why do you keep voting Democrat and nothing changes? Try something new, especially a guy who is not the establishment. So he’s not ‘the man,’ as they say it. The establishment doesn’t even like him, but he’s a Republican. He’s a conservative,” Dash told PJM in an exclusive interview at Regnery Publishing’s Washington office.
Dash, known for her lead role in the hit 1990s movie and TV show Clueless, recently released a book titled There Goes My Social Life. From Clueless to Conservative. Dash told PJM there are thousands of conservatives in Hollywood who need to speak up.
“If we don’t like what’s being put out in Hollywood because we know Hollywood dictates the culture of the whole country, then put our money where our mouths are. Let’s start putting more money into Hollywood. Let’s start making the movies. Let’s start making the TV shows. Let’s start making the music,” she said.
“They have to get a backbone. Plant your feet. Stand firm and don’t let anybody move you. Stand up for what you believe in and if you believe in God, if God is for you, then no man can be against you so what are you afraid of?” she added.
PJM asked Dash about calls from Democrats to reinstate the assault weapons ban in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando at an LGBT nightclub in which 49 people were killed.
“Unfortunately, this awful horrible event is a perfect example of why the Second Amendment must remain. This town is a town where people could not carry weapons. This guy still had guns and who was he? He was a bad guy because the good guys were obeying the law and they didn’t have any weapons,” she said. “Now, had the law said, ‘yes you can carry your weapon,’ there could have been somebody in that club that could have shot this guy before he killed so many people but, no, that wasn’t the case.”
Dash recently helped form the Super PAC “Women For Trump.” Dash said she has received more backlash for supporting Trump compared to when she publicly endorsed former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
“Now it’s just like blatant – we’re just going to start ostracizing, blacklisting. I’m like, ‘OK, keep it coming. Keep it coming because you’re not going to scare me into submission because it’s not going to happen,’” she said.
During the interview, she disagreed with elected officials who have labeled Trump’s criticism of the judge in the Trump University case as racist.
“I’ve met him and they say that he’s racist and they say all these things; meanwhile, he’s the only candidate I’ve ever heard actually say, ‘I will make sure the African-American community gets the education they deserve. I will make sure they get the opportunities they deserve. I will make sure they are able to achieve the American dream.’ And not only that, he put Dr. Ben Carson in charge of education. Does a racist do that? No,” Dash said.
Trump said the U.S.-born judge’s Mexican heritage impacted his impartiality in the case given Trump’s pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Dash was asked if the backlash Trump has received would hurt his campaign message on illegal immigration.
“If it does, I really think that’s ridiculous. I really do because lawyers do that all the time, you know? If they’re prosecuting someone or if they’re defending someone, they always think about who’s the judge? How am I going to do this? How am I going to present this? So what he’s doing is the same thing. He’s not being racist,” she said. “He’s just thinking about, ‘OK, I’ve said some things and maybe this guy might not like it or maybe this guy took it wrong way, took it out of context,’ you know, I don’t know, is what he is saying. But he’s not saying, ‘Oh, my God, he’s a Mexican and I can’t stand him.’ He’s never said that.”
Dash sees a connection between the illegal immigration issue and unemployment in the African-American community.
“I know a lot of rich people in California who hire a lot of people who are not legal and don’t pay taxes and pay them cash. This is how it works. This is taking jobs away from the people who are here legally who are fighting the same fight to get their American dream but they can’t find a job,” she said.
Dash told PJM she plans to discuss her minority outreach program with Trump in the future, which includes promoting school choice, fewer entitlements and more incentives.
“When you don’t have a sense of achievement, when people are always giving you stuff for free, what happens? You don’t know who you are. You don’t know what you’re worth because you’ve never achieved anything, so you become depressed and then when you become depressed you become addicted, then you become abusive or abused and then what happens?” she said. “It perpetuates itself — the next generation, so it’s just one big perpetuating stereotype, generation after generation. Get off the Ferris wheel. Try something new.”
When asked if she thinks independent voters would respond to a message like that in the general election, Dash encouraged Trump to “get boots on the ground in the neighborhoods, find out who’s who, what’s what — really do it. Do it like you are fighting a war because that’s what this is. Right now we are at war to get our country back and we’re going to do it. We’re going to win.”