At the Carney Awards to accept honors for his career as a prominent character actor, James Cromwell told reporters on the red carpet that the U.S. was on the road to becoming a totally fascist state.
“This is nascent fascism,” Cromwell told Variety magazine. “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.
“If we don’t stop [Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real,” he continued. “Then there will be blood in the streets.”
Cromwell carried his political convictions with him to the stage when he accepted his award.
“We’re living in very curious times,” he said, “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. 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.”
This is not the first time the “Babe” actor has let the world in on his revolutionary tendencies. And his beef with the United States did not begin in the Trump era.
“I can’t handle living in the United States of America when I know the last two elections were rigged, and that we were denied our right to vote, where we live in a country where 32 percent of the people vote and even those people’s votes don’t count, and the people who should really have a stake, kids, don’t have any say at all – people of color, very little to say, unions, practically nothing any more … we’re losing our jobs,” he ranted to the London Telegraph in 2007.
Over the past year, Cromwell has been arrested at least twice for participating in illegal left-wing protests – once against a New York power plant and then, only a week or so later, at Sea World.
In August, he said that Hollywood stars had a responsibility to speak out more on the political issues of the day.
“This community has got to get more engaged,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail. “This community has got to get more political. More than our survival as an industry, our appropriateness is at stake. What’s really at stake is our humanity and all sentient life.”
It seems absurd to say this about a Hollywood actor, but like, this dude might actually be dangerous. At the very least, to have someone with a platform this big talking to ordinary Americans about a bloody revolution if a vote doesn’t go their way…that’s some disturbing stuff. Especially at a time when Democrat voters all over the country are being brainwashed into believing that we really are at the crossroads of fascism.
Next time the media wants to talk about the temperature of our political discourse, maybe they’ll find a spare moment to mention Cromwell.
But then, we very much doubt it.