Italy’s populist former Interior Minister & Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, rips has-been actor Richard Gere a new one ahead of court testimony about the Open Arms Muslim illegal aliens pretending to be refugees case, telling the Hollywood virtue signaler: “Stick to Acting!”
Breitbart (h/t Nita) Plans for actor Hollywood far-left actor, Richard Gere, to testify against former Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini for refusing to allow illegal Muslim migrants to enter Italy threaten to turn the case into a show trial, the leader said on Sunday.
Gere — a one-time Hollywood star known as a bleeding heart campaigner on Tibet and other rights issues — will testify against him in the so-called Open Arms case, according to remarks Salvini made at a political meeting that were reported by the Ansa news agency.
“If someone wants to turn the trial into a media show and wants to see Richard Gere, let him go to the cinema, not to a court,” the head of the populist and nationalist League party said according to Ansa. “I know him as an actor, but I don’t understand what kind of lessons he wants to give me,” he added, promising to ask for an autograph for his mother.
Salvini is accused of kidnapping and abuse of power in August 2019 by preventing more than 100 Muslim illegal aliens from disembarking from a George Soros-funded NGO ship — even as conditions on board deteriorated.
Gere had boarded the Open Arms ship to support the illegal alien migrant-wannabes, a visit mocked by Salvini at the time. They were only allowed off the Open Arms vessel after six days, following an order by the prosecutor’s office.
Salvini has said he was protecting the country with his “closed ports” policy, which aimed to stop people attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy. Italy’s Senate voted last year to strip Salvini of his parliamentary immunity, paving the way for the trial.
A related case in which Salvini was accused of blocking other migrants at sea on an Italian coastguard boat was thrown out by a court in Catania earlier this year.
Salvini’s League takes a hard line on migrants, arguing that Italy bears an unfair burden as the first point of entry for migrants from northern Africa.
When he blocked the ships, Salvini was part of a coalition government and held the positions of interior minister and deputy prime minister. He has argued that his migrant policy was not his alone, but agreed by the government, including by the former prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.
The trial opened on 15 September in Palermo but was immediately adjourned to 23 October.