Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn

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Most presidential candidates have to pay top-dollar to get this kind of debate prep. Sean Penn is helping out Wyclef Jean for free!

But Jean appears to be downright ungrateful for the political help, judging by his response to Penn's campaign-undermining comments on The Gayle King Show today.

"The first thing I'd like to say to Sean Penn is that the area which he operates in Haiti is one area in particular," Jean said in response to the actor's claims that the rapper had been a "non-presence" in the country for the past six months.

"He hasn't seen me for six months—I've been going to Haiti for over five years…I am not absent in Haiti, maybe the tent city you're in, maybe I'm absent in that."

And with that, Wyclef was off…on a bit of an impassioned tangent.

"My country is not a city of tents, meaning I can't use the excuse of people living in tents to say that I'm going to make Haiti a better place. I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not react on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people. I do not have to sacrifice my life and live inside of the tents to prove I am for the Haitian people."

Neither does Penn, to be fair, but that's apparently just what he's been doing.

Still, there's one thing Jean has that Penn (or anyone familiar with some of the more common figures of speech) doesn't:

"I have sweat in my blood," Jean said. And a long campaign road ahead.

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