In HBO’s new hit series, Watchmen, the characters live in a world where Robert Redford has been president for over 30 years. In real life, the acting legend is a concerned citizen who occasionally discusses his political views.
Redford recently wrote a column for NBC News about the current state of the country. The actor strongly opposes Donald Trump and his administration, which Redford likens to a monarchy.
In 2015, Trump sent out a tweet that featured what he called an endorsement from Redford. He quoted the actor as saying, “I’m glad [Trump is] in there because him being the way he is, and saying what he says the way he says it, I think shakes things up, and I think that’s very needed. Because on the other side, it’s so bland, it’s so boring, it’s so empty.”
Redford’s reps quickly corrected the record, saying that while he enjoyed his antics, he wouldn’t want Trump as the President.
There is no confusion about where Redford stands on Trump now. The actor wrote in his column, “We’re at a point in time where I reluctantly believe that we have much to lose — it is a critical and unforgiving moment. This monarchy in disguise has been so exhausting and chaotic, it’s not in the least bit surprising so many citizens are disillusioned.”
The Academy Award winner urged, “Let’s rededicate ourselves to voting for truth, character and integrity in our representatives (no matter which side we’re on). Let’s go back to being the leader the world so desperately needs. Let’s return, quickly, to being simply … Americans.”
The full column can be read here
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.