Robert Redford has taken a page out of Robert De Niro’s playbook by publishing an op-ed for NBC News (via Deadline) in which he speaks out against Donald Trump and slams his presidency. Redford, who retired from acting following the release of “The Old Man and the Gun” last year (though he also appeared in “Avengers: Endgame”), has expressed issues with Trump in the past (he memorably said in April 2017 that Trump had taken Nixon’s administration to “new and dangerous heights), but never has Redford published an op-ed urging Americans to vote Trump out of office.
“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 writes. “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 continues, “What is happening, right now, is so deeply disturbing that instead of the United States of America, we are now defined as the Divided States of America. Leaders on both sides lack the fundamental courage to cross political aisles on behalf of what is good for the American people.”
While Redford has not starred in a film since “The Old Man and the Gun,” he has been back in the media news as of late because HBO’s “Watchmen” features him as the President of the United States. Redford has not appeared on the series but his name is often mentioned. The actor-director stresses in his op-ed what a critical moment the upcoming election is for Americans.
“This is it,” Redford writes. There are only 11 months left before the presidential election; 11 months before we get our one real chance to right this ship and change the course of disaster that lies before us. “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.”
While far from the first time that the 83-year old Sundance Kid has fired off into the former Celebrity Apprentice host, this latest salvo is his most visceral and timely indictment against what he calls Trump’s “monarchy in disguise.”
While clearly never a Trump fan, Redford once took a much more measured POV on the 45th POTUS, as he notes in today’s op-ed. “Presidents come and go, the pendulum swings back and forth, the Oscar winner said at the 2017 Sundance fest, the day before Trump was sworn in. Less than four months later, Redford was already heading to the barricades. In April 2017, The All The President’s Men actor asserted that the Trump team taken the Nixon administration’s “false accusations of ‘shoddy’ and ‘shabby’ journalism to new and dangerous heights.”
With today’s onslaught against Trump (who has yet to respond via social media) and the very campaign-like prose from The Candidate star, it is extremely unlikely that the on-screen retired Redford is actually going be joining the burgeoning pack of Democrats looking to take on the incumbent next November.
Still, real life and already officially declared contenders such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, ex-VP Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg may want to ask Redford if they can borrow some of his scathing words for their stump speech – the man knows how to put on a show and that’s what election 2020 is truly all about.