Salma HayekSalma Hayek sat down with E! News and discussed Donald Trump in light of the racist comments he made, calling Mexicans who come to the United States “rapists,” drug dealers and criminals.

“I’m aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create publicity around him. So, if something generates publicity I would never be surprised about anything he does. I’d be surprised if he did something courageous and meaningful that nobody found out about. This was not courageous and meaningful.”

The one good thing to come of this, Salma said, is that Trump’s words pulled back the curtain on the bigoted underbelly of America.

“What is interesting about it is that thanks to that [and] all the things that he said — I don’t repeat and I don’t say his name because I don’t want to give him extra publicity — but beyond him this concept of America being a place where there is no discrimination, and it’s not racist anymore, and we had the Civil War and the good people won, I think it’s beginning to show that discrimination and racism in this country is a bigger problem than we accept it is. At least he brought a light into a real problem.”

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