WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Actor and “Ambassador-at-large for Haiti” Sean Penn said that “there’s a mental health problem in Congress,” and stated that Tea Party issues could be resolved by “committing them by executive order.”

Speaking with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Monday night, the conversation turned from the actor’s plans to run this Sunday’s New York City Marathon to America’s “uneducated people” being influenced by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the Tea Party.

When asked if Penn would have “people like Ted Cruz” committed, Penn replied: “He is my American brother – I think we should take care of him.”

Penn called Congress and the Tea Party’s government shutdown “a cry for help.”

He began the political commentary by mentioning that he was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the time of the government shutdown. Penn quipped that he decided to leave the humanitarian work to “travel to the third-world country that I come from.”

Penn engaged in a winding comparison of the American political scene and a Haitian way of life – a country that was devastated by a 2010 earthquake.

“But the thing you’re talking about (Tea Party influence) and, and the way people’s perception of political positions are, is a direct reaction to their lack of, of their education, which is a huge problem that we’re dealing with in the country,” Penn said. “And between an uneducated people and the solipsism of people like Ted Cruz and their party.”

“It’s a poisonous thing, and these things with what we talked about with, you know, this is why this period of time, this is one of the things that is so fascinating to me in Haiti,” said Penn. “Here’s this country with — where we have it all, we have it all to make it great and we find ways from self-destructing and by, you know, saying nasty things about each other and being crazy and yet here’s Haiti.”

Penn will be running alongside five Haitians in the New York City Marathon – the first large-scale U.S. marathon since the Apr. 15 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.


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