- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Actor James Cromwell is walking back comments he made about an imminent “revolution” if Democrats don’t regain power in the midterms, saying his words were “taken out of context” and part of a longer statement that wasn’t reported.

Mr. Cromwell, best known for his roles in “The Green Mile” and “Babe,” sparked a Twitter firestorm this week after Variety reported he told an audience at the Carney Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday that “a nonviolent revolution or a violent one” is inevitable if Republicans remain in power.

“This is nascent fascism,” he told Variety in an earlier interview on the red carpet. “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. … If we don’t stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”

Conservative Twitter pounced on the actor’s comments, accusing him of fueling an already dangerous political climate in the wake of Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the rash of pipe bombs sent to more than a dozen high-profile Democrats.

Mr. Cromwell took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to explain his position, saying he was talking about the “blood of protesters” and was not “calling for the left to violently attack.” He said he’s been the target of death threats since his words were taken “out of context.”

Mr. Cromwell announced he would be releasing a full statement later Wednesday.

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