James Cromwell, the actor best known for his roles in “Babe”, “American Horror Story” and “The Green Mile” was recently honored at the fourth annual Carney Awards. When appearing on the red carpet, the actor decided to speak out about politics, as Hollywood types often do.
What he said though, should raise some eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
“This is nascent fascism. We always had a turnkey, totalitarian state — all we needed was an excuse, and all the institutions were in place to turn this into pure fascism,” Cromwell told Variety on Sunday night. “If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”
Then, during his acceptance speech, circled back to include more comments about the state of American democracy.
“We’re living in very curious times, and something is coming up which is desperately important to this country and to this planet, and that is an election, in which hopefully in some measure we are going to take back our democracy,” Cromwell said. “We will have a government that represents us and not the donor class. We will cut through the corruption, [and] we won’t have to do what comes next, which is either a non-violent revolution or a violent one, because this has got to end.”
A violent revolution? Just because you might not get your way?
This kind of talk really needs to stop. It comes from both sides (just read replies on Twitter if you don’t believe that conservatives can be just as nasty as liberals) and it helps nothing. Instead, divisions get deeper.
What Cromwell and the rest of the liberal Hollywood group think fail to realize time and time again is that half the country disagrees with them. Not everyone is unhappy with how President Trump is running the country. Maybe take some time to talk with those people and find out WHY instead of calling for a bloody revolution.
Whether Republicans win or Democrats lose is democracy at work and one side can’t always be the party in power.