Jennifer Lawrence: “I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the White House”

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As Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence became a galvanising symbol of rebellion against the oppressive and totalitarian regime of the Capitol.

And it seems as if the actor has more in common with her character than we first realised, as she’sspoken out against Trump – this time on his controversial ‘Muslim ban’.

Taking to Facebook, she wrote: “My broken heart goes out to the innocent lives of Muslim refugees that are trying to escape terror and find safety for their families.

“I and millions of Americans understand that someone's race or religion should never keep them in harm's way.”

Then, turning her attention to the President of the United States himself, the actor issued some strongly worded advice.

“It should be every person's duty to help and protect anyone no matter their nationality,” she said. “I pray for sanity and compassion to return to the White House.”

This is, of course, not the first time that the Passengers star has spoken out against the politician. 

Lawrence has long been a critic of Trump, and following his election win wrote a short editorial for website Broadly, in which she lamented the fact that a former reality star had beaten seasoned politician Hillary Clinton to the role of POTUS.

“Is this the stark reality?” she wrote. “It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how qualified you are, at the end of the day, you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.”

Despite her own sorrow, however, Lawrence went on to call upon the citizens of America – and urged them to fight all the harder against Trump’s divisive and discriminatory policies.

“Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you!” she wrote at the time. “Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”

On Friday, Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order that halts refugees from entering the country, as well as immigrants from seven “majority-Muslim countries,” including Syria, Somalia and Iran. 

Gillian Christensen, the acting Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, told Reuters this action also applies to green card holders – which means that 218 million people have effectively been banned from the United States of America.

Following the immediate backlash – from celebrities, world leaders, and the general public alike - Trump has since released a statement of his own on Facebook.

In it, he took the media to task for calling the policy a "Muslim ban," and said his new policy was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”

Trump added: “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.