In an op-ed published on NBC News' THINK platform, Robert Redford has condemned Donald Trump's presidency, saying that his "monarchy in disguise" must come to an end for the good of the country.
The 83-year-old actor warned that we need to ''change the course of disaster that lies before us.'' The Hollywood veteran accused Trump of launching a ''dictator-like attack'' on everything our nation stands for.
It is worth mentioning that Redford is against the impeachment of the president. He pointed out that the change should occur through the ''power of voters.''
The majority of the Americans are focused on their daily chores, trying to make ends meet, Redford said, highlighting that they are deeply disappointed by how hard Washington makes it to do that. The actor noted that in less than a year from now, we would have one real chance to change ''the course of disaster.''
The Sundance Film Festival founder pointed out although he did not vote for Trump, he decided to give him a chance and see what happens. However, the actor admitted that he was almost instantly disappointed by Donald Trump's politics and policies. ''I don't think I'm alone,'' Redford added.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker has also heavily criticized all the lawmakers in Congress, saying that they have chosen loyalty over their oath to affirm their support for our Constitution solemnly.
During his World War II childhood, Robert Redford witnessed how United America defended itself against the growing threat of fascism. He saw how powerful our country was when our democracy was threatened during the Watergate crisis. And again, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It is painful to see how our political class has changed over time, Redford said.
Nowadays, leaders on both sides lack the fundamental courage to cross political lines on behalf of what is right for our society, Redford noted. He accused the Congress of turning the United States of America into the ''Divided States of America.''
''They should go with Trump,'' the actor suggested, emphasizing once again that it is up to us to make it happen, through ''the power of our votes.''
At the end of his opinion piece, the Hollywood icon urged us to ''rededicate ourselves'' and to vote for truth, character, and integrity in our political representatives. Redford concluded that we should return to ''simply being ... Americans.''
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Robert Redford's statement that we turned into the ''Divided States of America''?