35 Celebrities Who Have Gone Public About the Dangers of a Donald Trump Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t invent racism, although he would probably take credit for it if given the opportunity. He does deserve credit for realizing, perhaps better than any other modern major-party political candidate, how effective plainspoken, uncloaked racism could be as a policy platform. Betting on naked, unashamed hatred (who has time for dog whistles?) has made Trump a demigod among his base, and the GOP’s presidential candidate. It has also transformed him into one of the most talked about people in the world right now.
As a result, lots of celebrities—including some who haven’t previously been particularly outspoken about politics—have publicly registered their objections to Trump. Some have signed their names to campaigns dedicated to keeping the candidate out of the Oval Office, such as #UnitedAgainstHate or #StopHateDumpTrump. A number of others have taken the time to make on-the-record public statements decrying the (maybe) billionaire.
Below is a list of 35 celebs—actors, authors, musicians and more—who have spoken out against Trump.
A long-revered master of the tweet game (the New York Times did a whole piece on her Twitter earlier this year), Cher’s entire social media presence has become almost exclusively dedicated to dissing Trump. In various 140 character messages she’s called him “horrible,” “disgusting,” “racist,” “classless,” a "monster,” an “idiot,” a “tool,” and a “con man”—and that’s just the tiniest sample from what has become a daily exercise in insulting the billionaire. Cher has become so well known for her Trump bashing that visual artist Anna Niess created the #ImWithCher hashtag. Niess preserves the delicate perfection of Cher’s tweets about Trump (whom she recently started referring to not by name but with a toilet emoji) by rendering them in the colorful layout they deserve.
2. George Clooney
Though he initially suggested Trump was just a dude “who says intolerant words [who] should be laughed at,” Clooney’s rhetoric got less lighthearted as Trump’s numbers made the situation increasingly less funny. By March of this year, Clooney was calling the GOP nominee “an opportunist” and “a fascist; a xenophobic fascist.” He also later said, “There is not gonna be a President Donald Trump. It’s not gonna happen. Fear is not going to be something that drives our country.” The actor went on to pillory the press for its role in Trump’s success, saying, “Trump is actually a result in many ways of the fact that much of the news programs didn’t follow up and ask tough questions. That’s the truth. It’s really easy because your numbers go up.”
3. Will Smith
In an interview with an Australian media outlet, Smith went after Trump for his misogyny and indicted him as part of a “separatist, non-inclusive, xenophobic, racist wave that is sweeping the globe.”
“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely fucking insanity to me,” said Smith. “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.” He went on to condemn Trump for using fear to garner votes, and stated that “America won’t and we can’t [elect Trump].”
4. Jennifer Lawrence
A native Kentuckian, Lawrence says she “was raised a Republican,” but has problems with the party’s policies toward women, like telling them to stop enjoying non-procreative sex so much and to pipe down about sexual harassment. In an interview with Vogue late last year, the actress said, “My view on the election is pretty cut and dried: If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever.” (Let’s avoid overconfidence, shall we?)
5. Johnny Depp
The fact that Depp really upped the asshole ante when he starred as Trump in Funny or Die’s fake made-for-TV-movie The Art of the Deal is a tacit statement of the actor’s feelings. (You can watch the full-length version of the film on Netflix.) Depp explained a bit further during a talk at ASU where he discussed the “absurdity” of the candidate. “It's not just about being a rich kid or anything like that,” said Depp. “There's a pretense. There's something created about him in the sense of bullydom. But what he is, I believe, is a brat."
6. Kerry Washington
While accepting the Woman of the Year Award from Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals society, Washington reportedly took part in a comedic staging that involved her “throwing wine and smashing a pie” in the face of a student doing a Trump impersonation. She also discussed a “Trump-like” character on her popular show "Scandal," and how the figure pales in comparison to his real-life inspiration. “There have been times where we all thought, Oh, we can’t say that. It’s too outrageous even for our show, which is called 'Scandal'—so not much is outrageous. The reality of what is going on in the world is far, far scarier than anything we could begin to put on our show.” Washington has signed onto and tweeted her support for #StopHateDumpTrump.
7. Louis CK
In an email to fans earlier this year, CK offered a lengthy list of reasons they shouldn’t vote for Trump, including that “the guy is Hitler.” He went on from there. “Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself. And really I don't mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I'm not saying he's evil or a monster. In fact I don't think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don't see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is. Trump is a messed-up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never, ever have enough of either and he'll never stop trying. He's sick. Which makes him really, really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He's not a monster. He's a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him.”
8. John Legend
Back in March, Legend got into a Twitter battle with Trump’s son, Donald Jr. At the time, the scion of all that is gold-plated tweeted, “Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn't even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!" Legend wrote back, “I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated." (When a Trump fan tried to get in on the action by accusing Legend of having “no education”—racists like to throw that one around—the singer/songwriter pointed out he’d graduated from the same college as “The Donalds,” the University of Pennsylvania.) Legend has also said Trump is “being very racist and divisive. I feel the need to call that out all the time because I don’t want us to feel like it’s impossible for our nation to go back to another dark place.”
9. Jack Black
Appearing on Australia’s version of the Today show a few months back, Black called the prospect of a Trump presidency “a scary prospect” and said, “He’s like a child. You’re not going to vote for a child to run the show.” He went on to call Trump a “hothead” who as president would be “looking out for number one, as he always has.” Black added that he would “take Kanye over Trump—anyone but Trump!”
10. Lena Dunham
The "Girls" creator and star has claimed she will move to Canada—“a lovely place in Vancouver”—if Trump is elected, and doubled down by stating, “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will." A year ago, Dunham tweeted that “Donald Trump's condescending misogyny is now a more trademark feature than” his hairdo. She also co-wrote an essay that called out Trump on his sexism, and the “divide between the woman you raised and the women you want to lead.” Speaking at the DNC with America Ferrera, she also smirkingly rejected Trump’s reduction of women to their looks by joking, “According to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2.”
11. Russell Simmons
Late last year, the hip-hop mogul penned an open letter to Trump—whom he wrote had been “an amazing friend” for “30 plus years”—in which he told the candidate to “stop the bullshit. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving then you let on.” We all know how well that worked! Perhaps annoyed that his ol’ buddy turned out to be a fascist (don’t you hate when that happens?), Simmons recently told CNN he’d “rather Kim Kardashian be president,” called Trump a “contradiction to the American Dream,” said Trump promotes “sexism and racism and Islamophobia and antisemitism,” and added that he’ll do “everything [he] can to make sure Donald Trump is not the president.”
12. Susan Sarandon
Make no mistake, Susan Sarandon has said some astonishingly dumb, privilege-saturated stuff in recent months, but she at least made a Trump zinger in the meantime. “He reminds me of, like, your drunk uncle at a wedding, who gets up and starts talking and just loves the crowd,” said Sarandon. “I mean, he doesn’t even have a consistency or any kind of rational anything...What concerns me is that he has made hatred and racism normal. He’s normalized it. He’s taking this, you know, undercurrent of discontent that’s looking to blame somebody and he’s legitimized those feelings and that, I think, is a very dangerous thing.”
13. Stephen King
In addition to signing onto an open letter rejecting Trump, King did what he does best in pointing out what a garbageperson Trump is: He tweeted about it. The author has been sending out tons of great anti-Trump messages since last year, from a suggestion that the campaign’s slogan be “IF YOU'RE WHITE, YOU'RE ALL RIGHT! ANY OTHER HUE, I DON'T TRUST YOU,” to the gem, “Say, here's an idea! Let's turn America's nukes over to a bad-tempered asshole with no knowledge of foreign policy. What could go wrong?” to the crown jewel: “Hey, Repubs: It's like they say in the antiques stores—you broke it, you own it.”
He added, in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I think that he's sort of the last stand of a sort of American male who feels like women have gotten out of their place and they're letting in all these people that have the wrong skin colors. He speaks to those people. Trump is extremely popular because people would like to have a world where you just didn't question that the white American was at the top of the pecking order.”
14. Rosie O’Donnell
Trump and O’Donnell have a feud that stretches back to 2006, when thin-skinned Trump reacted to criticisms by the then-View co-host with a series of unhinged rants and insults. (When GOP debate moderator/Fox News host/future Trump target Megyn Kelly brought up the litany of negative things Trump has called numerous women, he smugly countered they’d been directed to, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”) More recently, O’Donnell has referred to Trump as many, many gross things, and narrated the Daily Show’s parody Trump biopic, The Very, Very Incredible Deal.
15. America Ferrera
In response to Trump’s Mexican-bashing speech announcing his candidacy, Ferrera wrote an open letter that thanked him for putting his hatred on full display where Latinos could see it and respond at the ballot box. “Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat,” the letter states. “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
The actress, whose parents are Honduran immigrants, also spoke out against Trump at the DNC.
16. Zachary Quinto
In an interview with U.K. men’s magazine ShortList a few months ago, the Star Trek: Beyond star was anything but cagey about his complete and utter disdain for the candidate. “Donald Trump is a buffoon,” said Quinto, just getting started. “He is a dangerously egomaniacal horrible person. It’s unsettling how unethical he is. I loathe him; I actually loathe him. But there are a lot of people in our country who are somehow blind to what, to me, seems so transparent. I guess anything’s possible, but I would certainly hope that we avoid [Trump becoming president]. It’s an embarrassment to our country to consider how you must all look at us.”
17. The Dixie Chicks
Country stars tend to back conservative candidates, as do many of their fans, which is why Dixie Chicks faced so much backlash when they made disparaging remarks about President George Bush back in 2003. But the band members, particularly lead singer Natalie Maines, haven't censored themselves where their feelings about Trump are concerned. On their most recent international tour, the band unfurled a gigantic image depicting Trump with horns and a devilish goatee while they played the song “Goodbye Earl,” about a woman who finally kills her abusive husband. Maines has also sarcastically tweeted, “As long as Donald Trump's decisions for America are as solid as his decision about his hair, we're in good shape.”
18. Jane Fonda
The right’s public enemy number one since the Vietnam era, Fonda said in an interview during primary season, “As an American, I am ashamed” that Trump had a real shot at being the Republican presidential nominee. Earlier this year, speaking at an event held by the Fund for Women's Equality/ERA Coalition, Fonda called Bernie Sanders “great.” She had less glowing words for Trump, whom she called “terrible and dangerous,” and said he is “fanning the flames of people’s anxieties and racism.”
19. Harry Belafonte
A civil rights icon, Belafonte is among the actors who signed onto #StopHateDumpTrump, which holds that “Trump is a grave threat to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality, and the welfare of our country and all our people.”
20. Miley Cyrus
It should be no surprise that Cyrus’s anti-Trump tweets came via social media. The singer took to Instagram, where she posted a photo of the billionaire with the caption “Donald Trump is a fucking nightmare!” She followed that up with a post declaring she would leave the country (a perennial favorite), another accusing Trump of saying “stupid ass sexist shit,” and a message declaring, “YOU [Donald Trump] ARE NOT GOD NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK YOU ARE!!! (& if he doesn't think he is 'God' he thinks he is the fucking chosen one or some shit! We're all just fucking jam between his rich ass toes!”
21. Richard Gere
Speaking to the U.K.’s Evening Standard, Richard Gere really went off on Trump, saying he’s “obviously Mussolini,” and identifying him as “America’s Id.”
“How is it possible that people would be supporting this guy? You can try to find reasons,” Gere said. “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. We’ll get rid of the Jews, the blacks. Anyone that we perceive as a problem, we’ll get rid of. This is how it starts. Intelligent people aren’t seeing this — don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just idiots who are backing Trump — this kind of thinking is a slippery slope.”
22. R.E.M./Michael Stipe
A lot of musicians have told Trump to stop using their music. (Only Neil Young has pulled a 180 and decided it’s totes cool if his songs are played at the hatefests Trump supporters call political rallies.) While most issued simple cease and desists, members of R.E.M. took it a step further. Reacting to Trump’s use of the song “It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” bassist Mike Mills tweeted “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.” Mills also passed along a message from lead singer Michael Stipe which read, “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you, you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."
23. Bette Midler
Trump has gone after Midler in his typical cheap, sexist style in the past. But Midler landed a much more effective blow by tweeting an selection from the book Slaughterhouse 90210, which pairs Trump’s photo with this excerpt from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22: “It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”
She also questioned why Twitter, which banned rapper Azealia Banks for inflammatory remarks, hadn’t done the same with Trump. “Twitter deactivated Azealia Banks’ account for homophobia & racism?” Midler asked in a tweeted message. “So why is Donald Trump still here?”
In a series of tweets after Trump announced his presidential run and said the kind of anti-Mexican stuff that makes his followers love him, Shakira wrote, “This is a hateful and racist speech that attempts to divide a country that for years has promoted diversity and democracy! No one living in this century should stand behind so much ignorance.” Later on in 2015, along with Pitbull, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Rita Moreno, Perez Hilton, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan and a bunch of others, Shakira participated in recording the anti-Trump protest song “We’re All Mexican.”
The Atlanta rapper, who was a big fan of Bernie Sanders and expressed reservations about Clinton, is fully opposed to Trump as president. In an interview with Time, T.I. said, “I’m completely in opposition to everything Trump says...I think what he stands for, it supports and inspires hatred. When he says, ‘Make America great again,’ I wonder, when was America great? When we were slaves? When we were oppressed? When we were segregated? What time are you trying to go back to? Because I can remember what my people were going through at that time. It was great for you. It wasn’t great for us.”
He added: “If I were to do the things Trump’s doing, I would be called a common thug. If I was to say, ‘If somebody who doesn’t look like us or agree with us shows up at my concert, and you beat him up and get locked up, I’ll pay for your legal fees,’ that’d be like a mob boss, you know?”
26. Chrissy Teigen
The supermodel, like her husband, is not here for Trump’s horribleness. On his 70th birthday, Teigen posted a photo of Trump to her Instagram with the caption, “Happy birthday, you monumental asshole.” This came after months of Teigen being fully forthcoming about her thoughts on the Donald via social media. When Trump tweeted about a meeting with African-American pastors, but noted it wasn’t a press event, Teigen responded, “so don't tweet about it you twat.” When a Trump fan jumped in, insulting Teigen and claiming Melania Trump was more refined, Teigen fired off two bombs. “lol poor melania doesn't need to be dragged into this. She goes through enough already,” Teigen wrote in the first. She added, “ok trumpers let's get one thing straight, we both married well and pose half naked, I'm not alone in this.”
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27. Eva Longoria
Noting that he uses words that create “emotional poison,” the actress compared Trump to Hitler, whom she said also “moved a nation with words, just words." The actress also spoke at the DNC, saying: “I’m from a small town in South Texas and if you know your history, Texas used to be part of Mexico. Now, I’m ninth generation American. My family never crossed a border, the border crossed us. So when Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he’s insulting American families. My father is not a criminal or rapist, in fact, he’s a United States veteran. When Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter, he was also mocking my special-needs sister Lisa and many like her. When he said that a wife who works is a very dangerous thing, he not only insulted me, he insulted my mother who worked as a special-education teacher for 40 years and raised four children while being a wife.”
28. Wyclef Jean
The friendship between Jean and Trump seems to have fizzled since the time the musician made a cameo on “The Apprentice.” At a California concert last year, Jean took a momentary break from performing to make an announcement. “Fuck Donald Trump. He don’t like the Mexicans,” Jean said in a video of the show. Talking about the election more recently with Billboard magazine, Jean said of the incident, “I was just making my political voice heard. I could never be in a position to support someone who thinks a minority group of people are all a certain way, because once you do that, you're targeting me, you're targeting Mexicans, you're targeting all of us. The reason the United States of America, the land of immigrants, is so special is because it takes all of us together and we become America. Everyone can see at this point that Trump is just an egomaniac.”
29. Sarah Silverman
Trump gets compared to Hitler a lot. Silverman decided earlier this year to go on Conan, assuming the dress and persona of Hitler, mostly to complain about being compared to Trump. “All these comparisons to Trump, it’s like, it bums me out. You know what I mean?” said Silverman/Hitler. “Sometimes I watch him and I’m like, Is that how people see me? And I have to be honest, Trump, he’s starting to make me rethink some of the things I’ve done.”
“Don’t get me wrong, Conan. I agree with a lot of what he says. A lot. Like 90 percent of what he says, I’m like, This guy gets it. But it’s just, I don’t like the way he says it. It’s crass, you know?”
Perhaps another measure of Silverman’s Trump loathing was her insistence at the DNC that supporters of Bernie Sanders (who Silverman also supported in the primary) get behind Trump’s opponent. “Can I just say, to the Bernie or Bust people, you’re being ridiculous.”
30. Elizabeth Banks
In perfect mockery of Trump’s RNC appearance, Banks made her entrance to the DNC as a silhouetted, smoke-engulfed figure while “We Are The Champions” blared. Then she launched into a little Trump-based comedy. “Some of you know me from The Hunger Games, in which I play Effie Trinket—a cruel, out-of-touch reality TV star who wears insane wigs while delivering long-winded speeches to a violent dystopia,” Banks said. “So when I tuned in to Cleveland last week, I was like, Uh, hey! That’s my act!"
31. Chelsea Handler
Never one for subtlety, comedian Handler posted a nearly nude photo of herself to Instagram with a single sentence painted on her body: “Trump is a butthole.” In a segment for her eponymously named Netflix show, she also took a trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico, where she spoke to some locals about Trump’s plans to build a wall. (They were rightly insulted by the idea.) Then she bought a pinata in Trump’s likeness and invited any takers to take a whack at the thing.
32. Ricky Martin
In a Univision op-ed piece headlined “No More Attacks on Latinos,” the Puerto Rican singer let Trump have it after the billionaire had Jorge Ramos tossed from one of his press events. “The fact that a person like Donald Trump...has the gall to continue to freely harass the Latino community day after day makes my blood boil,” Martin wrote. He called for Latinos to form a united front against Trump, stating, “We have to stop the power that Trump feels he has over Latinos, and the xenophobic speech that he and his campaign team seem to be convinced will be successful.”
33. Demi Lovato
The singer performed at the DNC, but spoke more directly to the Trump stakes in a series of tweets a couple months prior. “We live in a world obsessed with ‘celebrity’. Please don't elect one for President,” Lovato wrote. Then, perhaps rethinking her words, posted: “If we're gonna get technical, all the US Presidential candidates are now ‘celebrities’. All I'm saying is, the others all have experience being politicians….”
The rapper pounced on the media for its role in helping promote Trump by giving him an estimated $3 billion in free advertising. During an interview with the Huffington Post, Common said, “I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas because when you choose to be like, ‘We’re going to show Donald Trump because we know it’s about numbers,’ it’s like, where is the integrity of the journalists who know and will challenge these thoughts so that the American people can see truth and really have a good opportunity...to get behind someone who’s going to matter, who’s going to really be about affecting change and improving this country?”
He added, “[D]on’t just dwell on the spotlight and keep exploiting the popularity of him just for numbers, because eventually that’s going to just mess up the situation in the country if we do. It’s feeding into the big monster. So I think the media definitely has a responsibility.”
35. Selma Hayek
During a visit to James Corden’s “Late Late Show,” the Mexican-born actress said she read Trump’s book, in which he boasts about punching his first grade music teacher because he didn’t know enough about music. Hayek noted that Trump maintains that he’s “still exactly the same as that kid in first grade—that he hasn’t changed. I agree with him that we have a first-grade bully running for the president of the United States.”
She also held up a copy of U.S. History for Dummies and suggested, “Mr. Trump, I recommend to you to read this book. I will gladly lend you my copy.”