Remember that "dangerous rhetoric of violent extremism" problem that the media decided to decry as of late last week?
Someone didn't get the memo.
Though James Cromwell was honored at the fourth annual Carney Awards for his work as a character actor, the industry veteran has worked as a political activist his entire career.
On the red carpet at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif., he candidly shared his thoughts about the current political climate.
“This is nascent fascism. 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,” Cromwell told Variety on Sunday night. “If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”
Cromwell later echoed his statement during his acceptance speech for one of the six Carney Awards given out that night.
“We’re living in very curious times, 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,” Cromwell said. “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 isn't the violent extremism that the media wants us to be concerned about.
Cromwell's political radicalism is multi-generational, long-running and incredibly tedious. He's defended the Panthers and gotten himself arrested at too many environmental protests to count. He's the embodiment of leftist privilege and he will quite predictably get a pass on his violent rhetoric.
Hollywood meanwhile remains quite comfortable with violent threats against conservatives.