Robert Redford: Trump's monarchy in disguise is an attack on everything we stand for

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. As last week’s impeachment hearings made clear, our shared tolerance and respect for the truth, our sacred rule of law, our essential freedom of the press and our precious freedoms of speech — all have been threatened by a single man.

Our shared tolerance and respect for the truth, our sacred rule of law, our essential freedom of the press and our precious freedoms of speech — all have been threatened by a single man.

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.

When Trump was elected, though he was not my choice, I honestly thought it only fair to give the guy a chance. And like many others, I did. But almost instantly he began to disappoint and then alarm me. I don’t think I’m alone.

Tonight it pains me to watch what is happening to our country. Growing up as a child during World War II, I watched a united America defend itself against the threat of fascism. I watched this again, during the Watergate crisis, when our democracy was threatened. And again, when terrorists turned our world upside down.

During those times of crises, Congress came together, and our leaders came together. Politicians from both sides rose to defend our founding principles and the values that make us a global leader and a philosophical beacon of hope for all those seeking their own freedoms.

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.

We’re at a point in time where I reluctantly believe that we have much to lose — it is a critical and unforgiving moment.

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.

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Actor Robert Redford in The Way We Were.
Robert Redford (left) as Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff and Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker in the 1973 film The Sting. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Jeremiah Johnson based on the novel by Vardis Fisher and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American flm star Robert Redford at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by �� Miroslav Zaj��c/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford and actress and singer Barbra Streisand on the set of The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Robert Redford, moving into the director's chair for the first time, won the Oscar as Best Director for Ordinary People.
(Original Caption) : UNDATED-Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand share a scene in 'The Way We Were.' In 'Big Bad Wolves,' published by Pantheon Books, Joan Mellen writes that 'It is not only Gable who has seen his role in movies as one of perpetuating the image of male power. Robert Redford brings to the screen the same sensibility.' Redford and Streisand are shown embracing in this movie still. Movie released in 1973.
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid directed by George Roy Hill. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actor Robert Redford. Redford wears a sweater with the letter 'W' on the front and a wide, white collar. ca. 1960's.
Robert Redford as presidential candidate Bill McKay in The Candidate (1972). (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, in All the President's Men.
(Original Caption) : REDFORD NARRATES SPECIAL; Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford is the off-camera narrator for 'The Predators,' the special examining the balance between predators and prey in the North American wilderness, to be colorcast on the NBC Television Network Thursday, May 19 (8-9 p.m., NYT). Ca. 1960s-1970s. Filed 4/22/1977.
Robert Redford Leaning on a Brick Wall (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Darryl Hannah and Robert Redford on the set of Legal Eagles written and directed by Ivan Reitman. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Meryl Streep on the set of Out of Africa based on the book by Karen Blixen and Judith Thurman, and directed by Sydney Pollack. | Location: Shaba National Game Reserve, Kenya. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Sidney Poitier and Robert Redford on the set of Sneakers written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
British actor Ralp Fiennes (C), American actors John Turturro and Rob Morrow, surround actor, director and producer Robert Redford, on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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The vast majority of Americans are busy with real life; trying to make ends meet and deeply frustrated by how hard Washington makes it to do just that.

But this is it. 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.

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