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Denzel Washington on Race Relations: ‘You Can’t Legislate Love’

WASHINGTON – Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said it’s up to the American people to “ask questions about each other and engage” as a way to improve race relations in the country because the U.S. president cannot “legislate love.”

Washington also had a direct message for anyone wondering which candidate he voted for in the 2016 presidential election: “None of your business.”

Washington’s comments were his first since he was the subject of a false article that claimed Washington shocked Hollywood and endorsed Donald Trump for president.

The post was shared more than 22,000 times on Facebook before being removed.

Politifact and BBC pointed out that the favorable Trump quotes were actually from civil rights activist Charles Evers, not Washington.

“Of course I saw it,” Washington said, referencing the incorrect article during an interview before the premiere of his new film, Fences, on Tuesday evening. He directed and starred in the movie, which will be released nationwide on Christmas Day.

In October of last year, Washington told The Hill he was undecided in the presidential election. “We just need to know more,” he said at the time. PJM asked Washington which candidate he ultimately supported and why.

“None of your business,” Washington responded with a smile.

Instead, Washington named some areas he would like to see President-elect Trump tackle. PJM asked him for the top issues he wants to see Trump act on during his term in the White House.