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Robert Redford dramatically claims America will ‘slide toward autocracy’ if Trump is reelected

Redford may think that having a decades-long career on Hollywood makes him an expert on politics, but he's dead wrong.

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Robert Redford just showed the world that his anti-Trump hatred is as strong as ever when he claimed our country will “slide toward autocracy” if the current president is reelected.

Redford made this point in an op-ed for CNN called “This Is Who Gets My Vote In 2020.” Spoiler alert: It’s not Donald Trump.

“Four more years [of Trump] would accelerate our slide toward autocracy,” Redford wrote. “It would be taken as free license to punish more so-called ‘traitors’ and wage more petty vendettas — with the full weight of the Justice Department behind them.” The Hollywood star then shifted into his endorsement of Joe Biden:

Joe Biden is on the ballot, and I’m confident he will bring these qualities back to [the] White House. […]

And I believe Biden was made for this moment. Biden leads with his heart. I don’t mean that in a soft and sentimental way. I’m talking about a fierce compassion — the kind that fuels him, that drives him to fight against racial and economic injustice, that won’t let him rest while people are struggling.

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This should come as a surprise to nobody given how open Redford has been about his hatred for Trump over the years. Back in May, Redford teamed up with his son James to pen a melodramatic op-ed for NBC News in which they blasted the president for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “As the pandemic began its global march,” they wrote, “President Donald Trump failed to act quickly and decisively, likely increasing its toll and worsening our pain and suffering.”

The father and son then nonsensically shifted to attacking Trump on climate change, saying that his “failure…to embrace or even understand sound scientific consensus about what must be done to protect this nation and its people. [T]he potential calamity of climate change…looms on the horizon.”

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They also accused Trump of leading a “dictator-like attack” on the country’s values. “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,” they wrote. “It’s time for Trump to go — along with those in Congress who have chosen party loyalty over their oath to ‘solemnly affirm’ their support for the Constitution of the United States. And it’s up to us to make that happen, through the power of our votes.”

Redford may think that having a decades-long career on Hollywood makes him an expert on politics, but he’s dead wrong. He’s clearly just another Hollywood narcissist who thinks he can lecture the rest of us on how we vote. Let’s show him how wrong he is about how much his opinion counts to the rest of us when we reelect Trump in November.

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