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Trump Gains Celebrity Endorsements, Digs

After what some political pundits called a mediocre second debate performance, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump can rest easy with endorsements from actor Gary Busey and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I know him personally. I know him professionally. He’s a great guy. He’s sharp. He’s fast. He can change the country after the last eight years,” Busey told Fox News. The actor endorsed and then unendorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 GOP primary.

On Thursday, Brady said it would be “great” if Trump triumphed in 2016.

Meanwhile, Trump’s taken heat from a slew of celebrities:

Sharon Osbourne: “You don’t expect somebody in that sphere to behave that way.”

Robert Redford: “He’s got such a big foot in his mouth I’m not sure you could get it out.”

Andrew Garfield: “I just don’t understand the blatant lack of humanity that he is proudly exhibiting on a daily basis. [It is] harrowing.”

Salma Hayek: “We have to take this very seriously. This is very scary.”
“This is not a reality show. America is not a reality show. This is not a popularity contest. This is not Miss America or Miss Universe.”

Emily Blunt (To Republicans in general): “I became an American citizen recently, and that night, we watched the Republican debate and I thought, ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'”


Robert Redford Defends Obama

Actor Robert Redford Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Robert Redford fears little progress will be made in combatting climate change in the remainder of President Obama’s second term.

“Am I disappointed in the outcome? Somewhat, not entirely,” Redford told The Hollywood Reporter. “You have to look at what [President Obama]’s up against. There’s never been a more paralyzed system to try to work with.”

Redford attended the launch of Pitzer College’s new environmental initiative that involves a fossil fuel divestment climate-action model. He slammed the current state of politics after the event on April 12.

“There’s too much partisan warfare. It’s sad,” he said.

The veteran actor has been an outspoken environmental activist and endorsed Obama in 2012.

Robert Redford Hopes Obama Will Act On Climate Change

Photo Credit: Arthur Pollock /The Boston Herald

Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford said he’s optimistic that President Obama will act on climate change, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“He’s lightly touched on this as an issue, that it’s unfortunate that it took a storm of such consequence to draw the attention that could’ve been drawn by the candidates on the campaign trail,” Redford said. “Now I’m hopeful that [Obama] is going to take what his words were and put some teeth behind them.”

The academy award-winning actor said average citizens are the ones that can make changes, not the government.

“It’s been tied up for so long, it’s been bottled up for so long, it takes awhile to undo things,” Redford said. “Particularly when you have elements still in play there that are living in the 1950s. And their points of view are so narrow and so ideologically driven that it’s not likely you’re going to see much change there. As a matter of fact, it might provoke them to be even more contentious. So I guess I put my hope more in the people, not so much in current government.”

“The Beltway is a very complicated and troubled place,” Redford added.

THR reports that the newly announced Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability will begin academic offerings in the fall of 2014 and will be located on 11 acres of the Claremont campus. The school’s news release said the curriculum will “prepare students to create solutions for the most challenging and urgent sustainability problems.”

Redford spoke at a press conference unveiling the conservancy.

“I’m really excited about the idea that — before it’s too late for Los Angeles — that something could be set aside or set up that would not only honor what was and what could still be but also honor the young people coming into the world,” Redford said.

Redford, an Obama supporter, said Americans will have to keep pushing congressional members and Obama on climate change and sustainability.

“This last election was pretty scary for awhile,” Redford said at the press conference. “I’m obviously biased in terms of being happy that we got through it to where we did — but that doesn’t mean it’s the end. That doesn’t mean ‘OK, quit and go home.’ It’s really kind of a beginning.”

Robert Redford Makes Presidential Endorsement

Actor Robert Redford recently wrote an op-ed to The Huffington Post explaining why he’s supporting President Obama over Mitt Romney.

Redford, known for his environmental activism, argues Obama has installed many green policies and has achieved many positive environmental goals during his first term.

“Shortly after taking office, President Obama signed one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a generation, setting aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness, conserving more than 1,000 miles of rivers, authorizing a 26-million-acre conservation system of historically significant landscapes and adding thousands of miles of trails. He’s helping restore treasured landscapes from coast to coast that support local economies and communities through tourism and outdoor recreation.

The President has set historic standards that by 2025 will double the distance our cars and trucks will be able to go on a tank of gas, reducing our reliance on foreign oil by 2.2 million barrels per day and saving each of us thousands of dollars at the pump.

He made the single largest investment in clean energy of any other president, helping to double the amount of electricity we generate from wind and solar, strengthening our global economic competitiveness and supporting nearly a quarter of a million American jobs.”

Redford writes that Mitt Romney will undo many of Obama’s environmental policies if elected president.

“We’ve seen in the last stretch of this campaign that Romney will say anything to win, even if it’s flat-out false. But we know what the real Mitt Romney would do. He’d gut investments in renewable energy — including the wind production tax credit that 37,000 American jobs depend on — while giving $4 billion a year in wasteful taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil, even as they reap near-record profits. It’s no coincidence that those same special interests have donated nearly $11 million to Romney’s campaign and the super PACs behind it.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Earlier this year, Redford praised Obama for rejecting the Keystone pipeline and made an argument for clean energy.