James Cromwell, political activist and leftist actor, has issued a dire warning for the United States should Democrats not win November’s midterm elections.
During Sunday’s Carney Awards in Santa Monica, California, Cromwell said that if Democrats don’t win the midterms, there will be “blood in the streets.”
What did he say?
Cromwell, 78, told Variety that the current state of affairs in the U.S. 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 explained. “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, who was honored at the event for his work as a character actor, made similar remarks in a speech at the event.
“We’re living in very curious times,” he said, “and something is coming up which is desperately important to this country and to this planet.”
“That,” Cromwell added, “is an election, in which we hopefully, in some measure, we are going to take back our democracy. 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.”
Cromwell is no stranger to issuing a call-to-arms over politics — and especially targeting Hollywood to be more vocal in their activism.
Cromwell served a seven-day jail sentence in 2017 for refusing to pay a fine and community service in connection with his actions at a 2015 protest in Wawayanda, New York.
Also in 2017, the activist actor told the Daily Mail, “This community has got to get more engaged. This community has got to get more political. More than our survival as an industry, our appropriateness is at stake. What’s really at stake is our humanity and all sentient life.”