The debate over booting former President Donald Trump for the Colorado ballot is seeping into the entertainment world, with the creator of the cultural force known as “Yellowstone” weighing in about the dangerous precedent set by the state’s Supreme Court.
Taylor Sheridan, a Texas native who crafted the breakthrough show starring Kevin Costner as the head of a ranching family near Yellowstone National Park, recently told Joe Rogan why Colorado’s top court is setting America up for undemocratic disasters going forward.
“Forget your blind hatred of Trump for a second… Put ‘X’ in there. ‘X’ has not been convicted of a crime. A supreme court looks at evidence that was not presented, they got it from wherever they got it from, with no defense, and makes a decision. That’s dangerous s***,” said Sheridan.
“It may not feel dangerous right now to people who think at any cost keep Trump from being president again. But what happens when that same methodology is used against someone that you do support?”
Sheridan, who has described himself as a “moral thinker” not confined to a right-left spectrum, has made a point of pushing back on the notion that “Yellowstone” is a “red-state show.”
“The show’s talking about the displacement of Native Americans,” Sheridan told The Atlantic.
Much of “Yellowstone” revolves around the ways in which Native Americans living near Yellowstone National Party encroach on the lives of Costner’s character John Dutton and his clan. Sheridan has been praised by far-left media outlets such as Slate for incorporating both conservative and liberal sentiments into the show, pushing pop culture’s discourse beyond the boundaries of opinion cable news. In 2017, Sheridan went so far as to call Tucker Carlson “that motherf*****” and suggesting President Trump should be impeached.
To see a Hollywood figure like Sheridan cautioning Democrats about the future risks of constitutional overreach today is telling.
“Right now, maybe, the Democrats feel they are justified in that action because they’re so terrified of what Donald Trump may do if he becomes president again, but are they thinking about what’s going to happen in 20 years or 30 years because this has now been established?” he added.