While Hosting 'SNL', Don Cheadle Showed Support For Trans Kids And Criticized Trump

The actor said a lot without saying much at all.

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| February 19 2019,

2:07 pm

Legendary actor Don Cheadle took President Donald Trump and his administration to task during his hosting stint on Saturday Night Live. 

The actor, known for his role as War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, made a statement with his attire on the hit sketch comedy show Saturday night. Twitter was abuzz when Cheadle came out to introduce last night's musical guest, blues and soul singer Gary Clark Jr.

In a surprise move, the 54-year-old wore a "Protect Trans Kids" shirt subtly hinting at the Trump administration's policies limiting the rights of transgendered people nationwide.

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Within the past few months, policies such as the administration's threats on trans kids' protection under federal civil rights laws such as Title IX.

The Washington Post reports only a child's biological sex will be the determining factor under such laws, not gender identity. Changes in the federal protections definition could prevent some trans kids from getting medical care or insurance. It could possibly threaten their chances of future employment and increased mental health issues due to immobility in society. 

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But the shirt was just one of many jabs last night. Cheadle took it up a notch with a Soviet-themed jersey with the word "Trump" and an embolden "45" on the back.

As the nation awaits the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's possible influence in the 2016 presidential election, the jersey clearly makes a statement on where the Black Monday actor stands.

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Cheadle has confronted Trump on Twitter and was an activist for decades before Trump became president. 

According to Entertainment Tonight, the comedic actor worked with philanthropic organizations to end genocide worldwide and climate change. He has been a progressive force in Hollywood that does not let his platform go for granted.   


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