Actor Robert Redford says an anti-President Barack Obama mission fueled partially by racism has paralyzed the U.S. government.
In an interview with CNN, Redford said his new film “All is Lost”
could be viewed as an analogy to the gridlock in the nation’s capitol, which has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government.
In the film, Redford, 77, stars as a solo sailor fighting for his life after his sailboat collides with another ship.
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On the topic of a divided Washington, the Oscar-winning director said some elected leaders want to take the country back to the past. “Why are they behaving so horribly that it's crippling our whole country?" he asked CNN.
"I think it has to do with fear. I think it's a group of people that are so afraid of change, and they're so narrow-minded that some people — when they see change coming — get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized, and then they get vicious.”
Redford told CNN Obama is “a compassionate man who can't function" in the current political climate.
"There is a body of congressional people that wants to paralyze the system. I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there's probably some racism involved, which is really awful," he said.
Obama's opponents reject whatever he might propose "because their determination was to destroy this person," Redford said. "They wanted, if it meant destroying the government, anything to keep him from succeeding."
Some politicians are focused only on “their own self-interests, which is very narrow and in some cases bigoted," he said.
But Redford told CNN he see signs of a possible breakthrough since Republican Susan Collins is working on a bipartisan group of women.
“I think the future should belong more to women and young people," Redford said.
"Give them the reins. I think they can do better than we have."
Women must save the country "because a lot of men that were in control were behaving stupidly," Redford said. "I mean, sometimes you say: 'Can we actually be this dumbed down, or am I actually hearing what I'm hearing from some of these people? Are they really, is that really happening?' It's sad."
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