Mikhail Baryshnikov really doesn’t like Donald Trump. The famous ballet dancer says he sees flashes of the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle in Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Baryshnikov warned of the danger posed by Trump in a new video released Wednesday in which he endorsed Hillary Clinton and ripped into the Republican nominee as reminiscent of “dangerous totalitarian opportunists” who have driven people like him out of their countries.
Baryshnikov said, “Forty two years ago I left a country that built walls to come to a place without them. But today, as a citizen of the United States, for the first time, I’m hearing rhetoric that reminds me of the Soviet Union of my youth, where it was a crime, and continues to be, a crime to be different.
Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union in 1974 while touring Canada with the Kirov Ballet before becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen 12 years later. “The America I love welcomes people of all nations, all religions, and supports all forms of human expression. America welcomed me, an immigrant, and that welcome has made my life possible,” Baryshnikov said.
Clinton “believes in that America” and “has fought for that America for 50 years,” Baryshnikov continued. “I trust her to lead us in the right direction, to protect the rights of all citizens, and to provide sane, steady leadership in a complex world.”
“I trust her with our future. Take it from one who knows. Hundreds of thousands of people like me have fled from countries led by dangerous totalitarian opportunists like Donald Trump,” Baryshnikov said. “Don’t let that happen to our beautiful United States of America.”
Baryshnikov explained his decision to participate in the campaign after hearing Trump’s “flirtations with the Kremlin.”