Donald Trump places a great deal of emphasis on fame and fortune. Yet ironically enough, many of his fellow celebrities have had less than kind words for the president. Here are seventeen in particular who took a stand against the Donald.
17. Chelsea Handler
Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler had some choice words for the president following his complaints that his daughter Ivanka was being “mistreated” by Nordstrom after the company decided to cease carrying her clothing brand. Handler to twitter to sarcastically compare Nordstrom's rejection of the first daughter to the president's shutting out of Muslim immigrants.
Since the Nordstrom debacle, Handler's criticisms of the Trumps have not died—she's stated Ivanka should be ashamed for refusing to comment on allegations of sexual misconduct towards her father, and was quick to point out how little Trump understands climate change.
16. Alyssa Milano
Actress Alyssa Milano has never been a big fan of the president. But upon his meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II , her distaste seemed to grow. Sharing a video of the president ignoring and blocking the elderly monarch's way on twitter, Milano called the president “disgusting”.
“She's ninety-two years old,” Milano stated, referencing Trump's blatant disregard and disrespect for the queen. “You're incapable of acting like a human being. You're incapable of being a leader.”
15. Dave Grohl
Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is not without his criticisms of the president. In an interview with GQ UK, the rocker put it very simply: “Trump just seems like a massive jerk.” He added some more meat to his criticisms: “Today, the American Dream is broken. I’ve probably travelled internationally more than our current president and the one thing I understand that he doesn’t is that the world isn’t as big as you think it is. It is all in your neighbourhood. India, Asia, Iceland aren’t other solar systems. I am ashamed of our president. I feel apologetic for it when I travel.”
Grohl's criticisms of the president are very fitting: upon the 2016 election, an image of his late bandmate Kurt Cobain was circulated in which a 1993 quote predicting and endorsing a Trump presidency was attributed to the late rock legend. A quick google search disproves the existence of such a quote, and highlights how unlikely it would be for Cobain to be a Trump fan in the first place.
In the linear notes for Nirvana's final album, he urged racists and homophobes like Trump to stay away from his music: “If you’re a sexist, racist, homophobe or basically an a–hole, don’t buy this CD. I don’t care if you like me, I hate you.” Were the grunge star alive today, it's guaranteed he'd be one of the loudest of the president's critics.
14. J.K Rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a Twitter presence to rival the president's. Yet this seems to be where their commonality ends. She has been a vocal critic of the president's homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia, considering him even worse than her creation Lord Voldemort, a murderous, racist dark wizard.
And she's just as capable as he is of playing the internet game. In May 2018, the fantasy writer took to Twitter to troll the president: she presented a side by side of an image of the crowd at the 2017 inauguration and an image of the crowd outside the church where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding took place, poignantly captioning it “love> hate”. And, being a writer, she's quick to point out Trump's grammatical errors—when the commander in chief mixed up the words “pore” and “pour”, Rowling quote tweeted it with raucous internet laughter.
13. LeBron James
In September 2017, the president dis-invited Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry to the White House, via Twitter as all good world leaders do. The president stated that Curry was too hesitant to accept the “great honor” of being invited to the White House, and therefore, his invitation was revoked.
Laker LeBron James was not having it. “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite,” James pointed out. Then he said what many Americans have been thinking for a long time: ” Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
12. Stephen King
Horror writer Stephen King has created no shortage of nightmares in his writing career. Yet none of them are as scary as the Trump presidency—even to the man himself. “I know that American voters have always had a real attraction to outsiders with the same kind of right-wing ‘America First’ policy,” King told NowThis in July. “And if that reminds people of Trump, I can’t be sorry because it was a character that I wrote. It was a boogeyman of mine, and I never wanted to see him actually on the American political scene, but we do seem to have a Greg Stillson as president of the United States.”
King's most recent release, The Institute, has been noted to largely be an allegory for the current American political climate. In a story in which children are separated from their parents, it is hard not to see that its writer is criticizing Trump's actions on the border. Additionally, the horror master has no time for questioning Trump's motives with Ukraine. “Trump tried to use blackmail and coercion in order to torpedo the candidacy of the man he saw as his chief roadblock to a second term,” the author tweeted. “Case f—ing closed.”
11. Lady Gaga
Pop singer and LGBTQ+ activist Lady Gaga had some choice words for the president. Following his ban of transgender servicemen and -women, Gaga took to twitter to tear into Trump.
“The message you have just sent has endangered the lives of people all over the United States and overseas bravely serving our nation,” Gaga tweeted, pointing out how the ban devalues the bravery and service trans military men and women provide, and that singling them out encourages the discrimination and isolation the trans community already faces. “Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them [transgender individuals] ages 18 to 24 have attempted suicide already?” Gaga asked the president.
10. Eddie Vedder
Like his grunge contemporary Dave Grohl, Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder has been vocal in his criticism of Donald Trump. In posters for a Montana Pearl Jam gig, the president was depicted as a corpse being picked at by America's symbol, the bald eagle.
Additionally, at a June 2018 performance in the Netherlands, Vedder dedicated a song to the president-sort of. We got one for ya, and it has nothing to do with, let's say someone like Donald Trump,” he said. “Absolutely has nothing to do with that… I wouldn't want to waste my breath. But it is interesting you know; how does it feel when you've got a world leader that insults all of your allies and, kind of, people with good intentions representing their people. But then he gets along famously with dictators and despots. I don't know what to make of that. That's just really disturbing. And I don't think he's crazy like a fox…I think he's like, crazy like a narcissistic motherf—r. Anyway, this song is not about him!”
9. Laverne Cox
Orange is The New Black actress and trans rights activist Laverne Cox joined Lady Gaga in her Twitter criticism of Trump's transphobia. “My fellow trans Americans despite what some may say your existence is valuable. Your lives, safety, and service matter #TransisBeautiful,” she tweeted. “To all the trans folks currently serving in the military thank you for your service. I am sorry your “commander in chief” doesn't value it.”
Cox ended her tweets with a pleading for something to counter Trump's discrimination—love. “Marginalized folks have often found ourselves at odds with systems which seek to subjugate & erase us. Let us love each other more & fight.”
8. John Legend
R&B singer John Legend had no patience for Donald Trump's blatant racism. Following the president's inaccurate, xenophobic, and racist referrals to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as “s—hole countries”, the singer tweeted :The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that.” Legend also called for change and resistance: “We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation.”
He's even willing to stand against Trump as the cost of friendship . Kanye West publicly endorsed the president, prompting Legend to reach out. In an intended-to-be-private-but-made-public text conversation, Legend wrote:
‘Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of colour. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.' Even following West's rejection, Legend has continued to stand his ground.
7. Alicia Keys
Soul singer Alicia Keys was one of Trump's most vocal opponents during the election season, and she continued to be in the months following November 2016. The evening before the inauguration, the singer provided some hope and light. Reaching out to Trump via Twitter, she rejected his messages of racism and xenophobia : “@ realDonaldTrump Americans are all colors, faiths, cultures & genders. We have voices. We refuse fear. We believe in the Dream. #WeAreHere”
6. Elizabeth Banks
Actress Elizabeth Banks had no patience for Trump's blundering, lie-filled State of the Union. She wittily tweeted: “I tried. I listened but the amount of BS and stunts and questions raised that will never be answered made me throw my remote and now I am listening to Tom Petty and am a better American for it. #SOTU”
5. Jimmy Fallon
Late-night host Jimmy Fallon came under fire for having Trump as a guest on his show during the election season. When the comedian back pedaled and expressed regret for having the president as a guest, the Donald was displeased: “@ jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!”
Fallon was having none of that: “In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name,” he quipped, making it clear what exactly he thinks of the commander-in-chief and his racist and xenophobic immigration views.
4. Courtney Love
Courtney Love has never been a wallflower. Hole's controversial front-woman is as blunt as her late husband, Kurt Cobain. And like Cobain's aforementioned former bandmate Dave Grohl, she's got nothing nice to say about the president. During the 2016 election, Love took to instagram to provide a list of people she'd trust before Trump: “I would trust PeeWee Herman sitting behind me in a theatre while on a date with OJ Simpson drinking at Bill Cosbys bar with Flint Michigan ice cubes after riding the radiator with Ray Rice all while Casey Anthony babysits for me before I would trust that p—y grabber Trump for president.”
Upon Trump's popularization of the term “alternative facts”, Love took to Twitter to mock him, tweeting out alternative facts about herself: “I've NEVER done drugs in my life nor have I ever sworn in public nor smoked a cigarette #alternativefact”
3. Chrissy Teigen
Model Chrissy Teigen is as outspoken and direct as anyone on this list. She's a Twitter giant, quipping and quote tweeting with a panache that few can master. There are a plentitude of Buzzfeed articles dedicated to her various clapbacks—and her ones towards the president are no exception.
Like her husband John Legend, Teigen has been succinct in her distaste towards the president. She bluntly responded to Trump's complaints of Republicans being traitorous with “Lolllllll no one likes you.”
This resulted in the commander-in-chief blocking Teigen, which was a source of great amusement to the model: “After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him “lol no one likes you” was the straw,” she tweeted incredulously. Teigen got the last laugh—presidential blockings have since been deemed unconstitutional.
2. Olivia Wilde
Following Trump's blustering 2017 rant in Phoenix, Arizona, actress Olivia Wilde took to Instagram to express her distaste. Captioning a morning selfie, she wrote: “Hi good morning I despise Donald Trump with all my guts and his speech last night only confirmed what a pathetic, petulant, dishonest pig he is.”
The actress wittily noted the criticism such a move might garner “You may now proceed to tell me why I'm an old, ugly, wretched communist, and I will give precisely zero f—ks.”
1. Lin Manuel Miranda
Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda usually uses Twitter to send out affirmations to his largely young and impressionable audience. He is, by all accounts, a friendly, personable, and calm man.
Yet the president tests this. Following Trump's refusal to assist Miranda's native Puerto Rico and offensive comments blaming Puerto Ricans for Hurricane Maria, Miranda lost his patience.
When Trump tweeted that the mayor of San Juan was a “puppet” for the Democrats whose job was “solely to be rude to [the president],” Miranda was quick and direct in his response: You're going straight to hell, @ realDonald Trump
No long lines for you.
Someone will say, “Right this way, sir.”
They'll clear a path.”