Mikhail Baryshnikov, Soviet-Born Dancer, Has a Few Choice Words For Donald Trump

by Becky Nash

The legendary Soviet-born ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in a new video created by Humanity For Hillary in which he announces his support for Hillary Clinton. Baryshnikov, who is one of the most famous defectors from the Soviet Union, is also known as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time. In the video Baryshnikov rips into Donald Trump, stating “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.”

In a blow to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, Baryshnikov references his own immigration experience. “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.”

He goes on to express his support for Clinton, stating “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.”

Baryshnikov’s life in the U.S.A. has been an incredible journey. He worked with the world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine at the New York City Ballet, before leaving to join the American Ballet Theatre, one of the top companies in the world. He later became the artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre and has had a continued influence on the dance world as well as collecting Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for acting.

Here is the video:

 

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