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Stars Against Donald Trump
In a particularly volatile campaign season, dozens of stars have weighed in on the prospects of the 2016 presidential election. Many of said famous faces, from Aziz Ansari to Jennifer Lawrence, have taken particular issue with the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. As the election heats up, see 30 stars who have spoken out against Trump, ahead.
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Cher has repeatedly voiced her less than favorable opinion of Donald Trump in interviews and on social media. In August, the famed performer called the "insane and sociopathic narcissist" Trump a "consummate liar" and went on to add, "I just wish he'd fall off the face of the earth."
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Arcade Fire musician Win Butler slammed Trump in an October interview with Red Bull Music Academy. He called the politician a "complete f—ing nightmare and a clown and a joke," adding, "It really is an extremely important election. You don’t have to hang out with Hillary. But, Jesus Christ, vote for Hillary Clinton. Everyone register because it could not be heavier. The consequences could not be more dire."
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Chelsea Handler expressed her concerns over a potential Trump presidency in a September interview with the Daily Beast. She said his win would mean "the end of our civilization," adding that Trump "constantly says things that are so inappropriate and insulting to women" and that she "can’t believe this guy has gotten this far."
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"He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator," Stephen Hawking said of Donald Trump in May. The famed scientist then went on to lead a group of more than 300 of his peers in writing a letter of warning about a potential Trump presidency, reading, "It is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord. A ‘Parexit’ would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: ‘The United States does not care about the global problem of human-caused climate change. You are on your own.'"
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Richard Gere compared Donald Trump to a dictator, telling the Evening Standard in March of the politician, "Here’s a guy who’s obviously Mussolini, how is it possible that people would be supporting this guy? You can try to find reasons. It’s about how disillusioned they are, how afraid, how confused. [Trump] is a demagogue, a clown — but people like clarity. Here’s this guy who says, ‘I’m going to fix this problem for you. It doesn’t matter how, I’ll just take care of it’. He’s finding villains everywhere and then telling people he’ll get rid of them."
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While Mac Miller topped charts in 2011 with his single "Donald Trump," the rapper made his distaste for Trump known in March. He stopped by The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, saying in a monologue, “I only have one thing to say: I f—ing hate you, Donald Trump. So you wanted to sue me, but then you realized you can’t sue somebody just for being super talented and incredibly good-looking. You say you want to make America great again but we all know what that really means: Ban Muslims, Mexicans are racist, black lives don't matter. Make America great again? I think you want to make America white again. I come here today as a white man with the hope that maybe you’ll listen to me. In other words, let me ‘white-splain’ this to you, you racist son of a bitch."
"You see, you're lowering the bar for our nation's intelligence," Miller continued. "Your only goal is to stay in the spotlight no matter how much it fuels the fire of hate groups that you apparently know nothing about, like the KKK and neo-Nazis. You have people at your rallies who openly assault black teenage girls because hey, that's American. The messed up thing is, I don't really know if you’re evil. I think you’re just such an egomaniacal attention-thirsty psychopathic power-hungry delusional waste of skin and bones that you’ll do, say, or allow anything if it means you’ll just get one more minute in the limelight."
"The thing is it says more about us as a country," he added. "We’re finally showing our true colors. Not only are we letting this bulls--t lie, there's motherf--ker supporting you. If we’re stupid enough to elect you, I know exactly what everybody's gonna say: 'I’m moving to Canada. I don’t want to live in a country where Donald Trump is president. I’m getting out of here.' You know what I’m gonna do if you get elected? I’m staying right the f--k here. That’s right. I’m not going anywhere! I’m gonna be here everyday telling the world how much I hate you, how much of a clown you are and how we as a nation are better than you’ll ever be as a racist f--kwad of a human because I love America and I’m never giving it up to a troll like you, you bitch!"
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Sarah Silverman dressed up as Adolf Hitler for a March interview on Conan as a way to take swipes at Donald Trump. Impersonating the infamous leader, she said as Hitler, "I agree with a lot he says – a lot... Like 90 percent of what he says, I'm like, 'This guy gets it.' But I just don't like the way he says it. It's crass. What kind of person talks about his penis size on national television?"
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Kerry Washington sounded off on Trump in a September interview with Bill Maher. The actress called him "a candidate who continues to perpetuate fear and hate in the present moment," and went on to address his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who preceded her on Real Time with Bill Maher. "Kellyanne’s really good at what she does," Washington said. "Playing Olivia Pope, I know spin when I see it."
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Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro spoke about Donald Trump in Sarajevo in August, "It’s crazy that people like Donald Trump... he shouldn’t even be where he is, so God help us," he said. "What he’s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous ... he is totally nuts."
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Olivia Wilde first spoke out on Trump in September 2015, telling Page Six, "The fact that we can have someone running for president who openly projects that xenophobia is really sickening." She returned to her platform a year later, sharing a compilation video of Trump's controversial words on women and tweeting, "As someone who is about to have a daughter, this hits me deep in my core. #NeverTrump."
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The Suicide Squad actor weighed in on Donald Trump in an interview with Australian news outlet news.come.au. "For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary," he told the publication. "And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f--king insanity to me... My grandmother would have smacked my teeth out of my head if I had referred to a woman as a fat pig. And I cannot understand how people can clap for that. It’s absolutely collective insanity. If one of my sons, I am getting furious just thinking about it, if one of my sons said that in a public place, they couldn’t even live in my house anymore... For me, deep down in my heart, I believe that America won’t and we can’t [elect Mr Trump]."
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Khloe Kardashian slammed her fellow reality star in an interview with Chelsea Handler on Chelsea. Appearing alongside Clay Aiken, Nene Leakes, and Lisa Lampanelli, the star said of Trump, "I don't think he would make a good president," going on to add of her time on his reality show, "I didn't care to do Celebrity Apprentice. My mom made me do it... I hated every minute of it. I was put in situations I would never be in in real life... stressing myself out, and then dealing with [Trump] and about to be fired, I'm like, 'F--- you. I don't want to do this.'"
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Barbra Streisand took time out of her concert at Los Angeles' Staples Center to address Trump. "It's funny that I always seem to go on these little tours during election seasons, and this one is a doozy, isn't it?" she told the crowd. "[Trump's] putting his foot in his mouth every day now, so I'm so happy... Our genetic makeup is 99.9 percent identical to every other person on the face of the earth. Isn't that incredible? The other .1 percent is Donald Trump... I hope that in a few months I'll be singing it for the next President Clinton."
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Lena Dunham and America Ferrara
Lena Dunham and America Ferrara took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to support Hillary Clinton and take on Donald Trump. Dunham opened by saying, "My name is Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably a 2," while Ferrera chimed in, "My name is America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist... Donald is not making America great again. He’s making America hate again."
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Chrissy Teigen has repeatedly swiped Donald Trump on Twitter. In June, the model and author tweeted to Trump, "Happy birthday, you monumental assh--e," and went on to add, "I will never stop talking about how horrible Donald Trump is. Even after he loses, I will set an alert to my phone to remind me to not stop."
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The Veronica Mars actress chimed in after Trump invoked her movie Frozen in a defense of a controversial tweet. The politician, who was facing heat for a message that included Star of David imagery, posted a photo of a Frozen book, asking if the star-adorned book is offensive as well. Bell then responded, tweeting, “Zip it Don & get ur head outta ur ass. We’ve more important things 2 think abt today."
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The musicians of Wavves took a stand in July, releasing a list via Twitter of attendees not welcome at their shows. This group included supporters of Donald Trump, because said people "basically" intertwine with "three or four" of their "aforementioned" banned groups, which, in light of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, included people who "ever said or supported #alllivesmatter," people who have "gone out [their] way to defend police in America," people who "ever even thought a victim of rape had it coming," and people who "harbor resentment [toward] the homosexual community in any way."
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Shonda Rhimes weighed in on Trump in June, tweeting in response to a Slate article about the candidate referring to a member of a rally crowd as "my African-American." The showrunner shared the tweet to the article, adding, "Um, NO - he doesn't get to have one of us. Cause slavery is over."
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Noah has used Trump's campaign as fodder for The Daily Show, often calling out the presidential hopeful for his social media antics. "Look, Trump, retweet something once and say it was a mix-up. Retweet it twice, you say that you’re bad at Twitter. But, at some point, you’re just racist," he said of Trump's habit of retweeting racist messages in July. "You may be trying to dog whistle to a certain group of your people, but you understand that your message is getting through to all of us. It’s a normal whistle and it’s racist as s—."
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The Harry Potter author invoked her most infamous character when sounding off against Trump. In December, the writer shared the link to a BBC article about the candidate being compared to Lord Voldemort, and added of the GOP politician, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."
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Ansari made his thoughts on Trump known in an impactful New York Times essay. The Master of None star titled the piece "Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family," and wrote, "Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family."
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Morello gave his two cents on Trump in June. The musician participated in Ryan Harvey’s "Old Man Trump" video, saying in the clip, "I’m standing up against Old Man Trump. When it comes to race relations, he’s like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy, he’s like an old-school napalm-ist. When it comes to women’s issues, he’s like a frat-house rapist. So let’s not elect that guy."
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Meyers, who banned Donald Trump from Late Night, continues to rib the candidate on his talk show. He joked in June, "Donald, today’s your lucky day. If you drop out of the presidential race anytime between now and the beginning of the GOP Convention on July 18, NBC will award you a 13-episode scripted series where you would play the President of the United States of America. Now I want to be clear, I have not run this by anyone at the network, but they put our show on every night, so I can’t imagine they’re going to say no to yours. They’re not picky... A lot of what you want to do is impossible in the real world, but on TV, we just need to build a tiny part of the wall, and we can just CGI the rest."
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Charlie Sheen made his stance on Trump known in June, explaining on The Graham Norton Show, "I was at a dinner with my ex-wife Brooke [Mueller] and her family, and about halfway through I noticed Donald staring at my watch. He says, ‘I want to give you an early wedding gift as a gesture from me and Melania’ — and she doesn’t say a word; she’s very sweet and very pretty but she just kind of sits there. Anyhow, so he says ‘These are platinum diamond Harry Winston’ and he pulls off his cufflinks and he gives them to me... Smashcut to about six months later, I had some jewelry getting appraised at the house. She took the loop, spent about four seconds, and kind of recoiled from it — much like people do from Trump — and says ‘In their finest moment, this is cheap pewter and bad zirconias.’ And they’re stamped ‘Trump,’ and I just thought, ‘What does this really say about the man, that he said, ‘Here’s a great wedding gift,’ and it’s just a bag of dog sh–?’”
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Letterman's talk show days may be over, but he still took the opportunity to sound off on Trump. "There’s nothing illegal going on. It’s just he’s despicable," Letterman said in a NBC News interview with Tom Brokaw. "And in everybody’s school, you hear, ‘The great thing about America is anybody can grow up to be President.’ Oh, jeez. I guess that might be true."
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Young spoke out against Trump in May. The musician explained his decision not to let the politican use his music during an episode of The Late Show, saying, "I didn’t like that idea because of the misogyny and the racism."
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A group of writers, including Stephen King, Cheryl Strayed, and Dave Eggers, signed a petition in June titled "Writers on Trump." The piece included a message reading, "As writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power... The rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response."
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Lawrence dinged Donald Trump during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, saying of the candidate, "I was at a concert that I heard he was attending. So I had my full security, I was like, 'Find Donald Trump.' I was adamant on finding him and making a video of me going, 'Hey, Trump. F– you!'"
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Depp expressed his fears about a Trump presidency in May, saying in an interview with London's Channel 5 News, "If Trump is elected President of the United States, in a historical way it’s exciting. Because we will see the actual last President of the United States. It just won’t work after that."
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Wilmore used his White House Correspondents’ Dinner platform to take on Trump, saying in his remarks, "I can’t understand why everybody treats Donald Trump with kid gloves. Then I remember that small gloves are the only ones that will fit his tiny little baby hands... Guys, I am not surprised Donald Trump is happening to America because I watch movies. And every time there’s a black president something always comes to destroy the earth. Always. It’s true."
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Everlast distanced himself from Trump in April. The musician told the politician to stop using "Jump Around" at rallies, tweeting, "Hey @realDonaldTrump stop using my song jump around at your rallies you piece of s--t. Cease and desist is coming you scumbag."
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Cyrus sounded off on Trump in March, writing on Instagram, "Trump can’t stop won’t stop saying stupid ass sexist s—. Comparing two women! Are you f—ing kidding! We will not allow you to destroy everything we have overcome as women! I feel as though we are stronger than ever as a unit. [Women] have an understanding and respect for one another (more than Trump can say about anyone, his fellow candidates, other races and religions, other public figures, just HUMAN BEINGS in general, and of course animals! Check out his family hunting photos!!!!) it's absolute insanity that this has gone on this long and far! Wake me up from this nightmare someone PLEASE!"
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Legend got into a bit of a battle with Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. in March. After Trump Jr. tweeted of Trump protesters, "Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn't even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!," Legend responded, "I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated."
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Louis C.K. weighed in on Trump in March, writing in a Horace and Pete promotional email, "Please stop it with voting for [Donald] Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler,. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the ’30s. Do you think they saw the s–t coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all."
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Clooney slammed Trump in March, saying in an interview with The Guardian of Trump, "He’s just an opportunist. Now he’s a fascist; a xenophobic fascist... The truth of the matter is, in election season, things go crazy, and the loudest voices are the furthest and most extreme. So you hear a massively stupid idea, like we’re going to ban Muslims from the country. Now, we’re not ever going to do that. It says in the Statue of Liberty, bring us your huddled masses. It’s not what’s going to happen.”
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Colbert has repeatedly dinged Trump on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and went a step further in July, crashing the RNC convention to compare the campaign season to The Hunger Games. The comedian recognized that "he's not supposed to be up here," adding, "But to be honest, neither is Donald Trump."
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Sarandon had words for Trump in January, saying of the candidate, "He reminds me of a drunk uncle at a wedding, who gets up and starts talking and just loves the crowd and just goes on and on and on and says whatever he can to get a reaction. He’s like a figure from a Kurt Vonnegut novel; I can’t even address him seriously."
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Oliver took on Trump in February, saying, "At this point, Donald Trump is America’s back mole: It may have seemed harmless a year ago, but now that it’s gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it... You are either racist or you are pretending to be, and at some point, there is no difference there."
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Sorkin gave his thoughts on Trump in December, saying in an interview with The Frame, "Writing something about Donald Trump would be extremely difficult. Donald Trump may be the end of political satire."