Apparently, Trump supporters got their idea that it’s inappropriate for celebrities to express political viewpoints from a certain overseas interest.
Famous actor Morgan Freeman starred in a video released recently by an organization called the Committee to Investigate Russia, which is a new, non-governmental body meant, as its name suggests, to “help Americans understand and recognize the scope and scale of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy” — and the Russian government itself has now responded to Freeman’s video.
In the video, Freeman begins by asserting that “we are at war” with Russia, painting Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and subsequent targeting of the United States as a movie plot line to show just how strikingly volatile the whole situation really is.
In response to this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the famous actor’s comments as “purely emotional” while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
‘Many creative people fall prey to emotional stress without real information about the real state of things… With time this will pass.’
Peskov added that he finds Freeman and the others leading the campaign he’s associated with to be in a state of “emotional exaltation, a continuation of a form of McCarthyism.” Senator Joseph McCarthy helped spark a “red scare” in the U.S. some decades ago, leading a “witch hunt” for Communists.
Russia has routinely denied meddling in American electoral processes, although the evidence asserts otherwise.
Freeman, in his video, didn’t stop at speaking about Russia. He also addressed President Trump’s inaction and capitulation to Russia.
‘We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth. We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, “My fellow Americans, during this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government… I’ve called on Congress… to conduct a thorough investigation.”‘
The Committee to Investigate Russia includes the notable figures Rob Reiner and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on its advisory board. There has been no apparent response to the video or the committee itself as of yet from the Trump White House.
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