While Kirk Douglas was celebrating his 100th birthday during the presidential election in 2016 he tried to offend our current president Donald Trump.
Born Issur Danielovitch to Russian migrants in New York state in 1916, the performing artist, best known for his part in the film Spartacus, went ahead to end up one of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces in the twentieth century.
In September, he composed an article for the Huffington Post, during the US presidential race campaign was truly warming up.
Thinking about his life, his childhood and what he saw in his near century of living in America, Douglas conveyed a notice to his kindred citizens about what lay ahead:
“They say there is nothing new under the sun. Since I was born, our planet has traveled around it one hundred times. With each orbit, I’ve watched our country and our world evolve in ways that would have been unimaginable to my parents – and continue to amaze me with each passing year.”
Without specifying his name, Douglas went ahead to contrast the ascent of Adolf Hitler and the populist rhetoric of Donald Trump in those beginning periods of the election cycle:
“[I’ve] lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness.
I was 16 when that man came to power in 1933. For almost a decade before his rise he was laughed at ― not taken seriously. He was seen as a buffoon who couldn’t possibly deceive an educated, civilized population with his nationalistic, hateful rhetoric.
The “experts” dismissed him as a joke. They were wrong.”
Drawing on Trump’s statements about keeping out specific groups of immigrants, which he said was reminiscent of how minorities were dealt with a century prior, Douglas encouraged his kindred Americans to dependably take a stab for freedom and secure the vote based system they fought so energetically for. In fact, he tried to encourage them to vote in favour of the failed democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“I have lived a long, good life. I will not be here to see the consequences if this evil takes root in our country. But your children and mine will be. And their children. And their children’s children.”
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