Marco Rubio has slammed Sean Penn as ‘grotesque’ for ‘fawning’ over notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
The Republican presidential hopeful applauded Mexican marines for detaining the fugitive cartel leader, and that he hopes El Chapo will be extradited to the United States for sentencing.
But he mocked Penn’s involvement saying with a smirk on ABC’s This Week: ‘Sean Penn is not someone I spend a lot of time thinking about, I didn’t even know he was still around, I think he made movies a long time ago.’
Affording the double Oscar winner a touch of praise, he said: ‘I guess [the Mexicans] used the interview that he had in order to find him. That’s fantastic. I hope they extradite El Chapo to the United States.’
But ultimately he dismissed Penn as ‘grotesque’, accusing him of ‘fawning’ over Guzmán in his 10,000-word Rolling Stone article about their jungle rendezvous.
‘If one of these American actors who have benefited from the greatness of this country, who have made money from our free enterprise system, want to go fawn all over a criminal and a drug trafficker in their interviews, they have a Constitutional right to do it,’ Rubio said.
‘I find it grotesque.’