Actor Robert Redford on Tuesday said in an NBC News THINK platform interview that the Trump administration is a “monarchy in disguise.”
“We’re up against a crisis I never thought I’d see in my lifetime: a dictator-like attack by President Donald Trump on everything this country stands for,” Redford said.
“As last week’s impeachment hearings made clear, our shared tolerance and respect for the truth, our sacred rule of law, our essential freedom of the press and our precious freedoms of speech — all have been threatened by a single man,” he said.
What Redford does not understand is that when individuals in the entertainment industry expound on politics, average Americans see them as merely celebrities, not as political analysts.
Average Americans bristle at being told how and what to think by Hollywood actors who feel they know best.
As such, such pronouncements by Redford and his associates are actually helping the president in his efforts to win re-election.
Hollywood does not have a tremendous amount of credibility when it comes to its words about President Trump.
Discounting their regular threats of moving out of the country if Republicans are elected, many in Hollywood regularly refer to the president as a dictator, as above — and celebrities such as Rosie O’Donnell have called for his violent overthrow.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 26, 2019
They make these pronouncements, of course, from the comfort of their Hollywood mansions and villas.
They are ardently for gun control because their security guards relieve them of the responsibility of self-defense.
They don’t mind high taxes because they will still be left with fortunes.
They advocate green initiatives and fly to the conferences and meetings that promote them in their fuel-guzzling private jets.
There was a time when Hollywood celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Taylor, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Jimmy Stewart supported conservative candidates of both parties.
As the political spectrum has shifted hard-Left since that period, John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts — liberal by 1960s standards — would be today considered ultra-conservative by the modern Democratic Party and thus not a candidate worthy of consideration.
One of the very few major players in Hollywood right now who seems to have kept that conservative tradition is actor and director Clint Eastwood.
Robert Redford’s words will go over well in New York City and in Los Angeles.
But elections are not won or lost in those Dem strongholds.
In the swing states and with the average American swing voters where the election will be decided, his political counsel may not play as well at all.
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