If there was a fancy Malibu rehab center for Trump Derangement Syndrome it would be jam packed with celebrities right now. Ten months into Trump’s first term Hollywood actors, directors, comedians and singers are STILL having trouble coping with life under President Trump.
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell confessed her sick obsession: “I spend like pretty much 90 percent of my waking hours tweeting hatred” towards Trump. And for some celebs Trump became a literal nightmare they can’t wake up from. Actor Rob Reiner whined: “I’m in a nightmare that doesn’t ever stop,” and hippie-singer David Crosby wailed about the “orange nightmare in Washington.”
There were also the typical “crazy” comparisons. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong compared the president to Saddam Hussein and called him “Batshit crazy.” And Netflix host Chelsea Handler wanted to trade Trump for the “more sane” Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Many celebrities also admitted to being ashamed of America. Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello cursed the “same flag that flew over slavery and the genocide of the Native American population, the napalming of the Vietnamese children, the destruction of Afghanistan’s civilian hospitals.” Actress Jane Fonda told a British interviewer that she was not proud to be an American and would eagerly join NFL players’ National Anthem protests: “I would take a knee. I would take two knees. I’d get on all fours if necessary.”
The following are the craziest examples of celebrities attempting to cope with Trump from the past few months:
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Celebrities Still Can’t Cope with Trump Presidency
“I spend like pretty much 90 percent of my waking hours tweeting hatred towards this administration.”
— Comedian/actress Rosie O’Donnell on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, November 2.
“I just want him to go away. This is a satire that you can’t make it up. It’s like you don’t have to change anything....I feel like I’m in a nightmare that doesn’t ever stop...It’s sad. I worry for the health of democracy.”
— Actor Rob Reiner in October 24 interview for The Hollywood Reporter.
“It has taken me a full year to integrate the reality of him being a president in a way that I don’t come across as either so full of rage that no one can hear my words, or so sad that I can’t articulate the level of pain....I seriously worry whether I personally will be able to live through [Trump presidency] and whether the nation will be able to live through it and survive. It’s a terrifying concept, on the brink of nuclear war with a madman in charge.”
— Comedian/actress Rosie O’Donnell in October 24 interview for W magazine.
Hippie Singer Wails About “Orange Nightmare” Trump
“Part of our [musicians] job has always been to be the – the one who carries the news from town to town. The, the – you know – the troubadours. That’s where we come from. The town crier. It’s 12:30am and you guys elected an imbecile [Donald Trump] to run the country....One of the only good things that’s happening from having the orange nightmare in Washington is....it’s that it’s generating some good art....one of the only good things about this disaster is that it will generate good art.”
— Singer David Crosby of the folk band Crosby, Stills & Nash on PBS’s Tavis Smiley, September 13.
Batsh*t Crazy” Trump Like Saddam Hussein, Satan
“The first time I heard of [Donald] Trump legitimately running for president, the first thing I thought of was fascism. I was just thinking of all the buildings he’s got his name on. That type of narcissism – wow, that’s not that much different from Saddam Hussein. He’s batshit crazy. This isn’t just a Republican that you’re dealing with. He’s no longer the leader of the free world. I’ve never seen a president that was no longer that....[My sons] look at it and they’re like, ‘We have Satan as the President of the United States.’ And I was like, ‘We’ve had Satan before, and we voted Satan out. Just remember that.”
— Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong at liberal filmmaker Michael Moore’s Broadway show, as reported in September 21 RollingStone.com article.
“Trade” Trump for “More Sane” Korean Dictator
“Uhhhh. Kim Jung’s letter to @realDonaldTrump is a little bit more sane than @realDonaldTrump. Maybe we trade?”
— September 21 tweet from Netflix host Chelsea Handler.
“Kim Jong Un is right: ‘Far from making remarks that can be viewed as helpful to defusing tension, [Trump] made unprecedented rude nonsense.’”
— September 22 tweet from former MSNBC host Toure.
Never Let a Crisis Get In the Way of Trashing Trump and GOP
“As we send our thoughts, donations and love to victims of Irma, we must never forget Donald Trump is the worst POTUS in US history.”
— September 11 tweet by actor/director Rob Reiner.
“As a massive hurricane bears down on us, please remember that one American political party literally does not believe in science.... And they will never stop justifying their own bullshit. People are going to die in Florida in the next few days and they’re going to offer thoughts and prayers and go back to raping the country they claim to love in the name of Jesus fucking Christ on high. Fuck them. And if you support this bullshit, fuck you too.”
— From September 9 tweet thread by actor Michael Ian Black.
“Don’t be fooled by @ScottPruittOK he is a full blown Climate Denialist and he is making it harder to protect ourselves and families from it.”
— September 10 tweet by actor Mark Ruffalo
“While another storm heads r way, craven republican sock puppets in service of shameless greed, try AGAIN 2 ravage healthcare. #sickening.”
— September 19 tweet by actor Jim Carrey.
Trump Election Was “Last Primal Scream of White Males”
“I think we’re looking at a moment which is the last primal scream of white males in this society, that last moment of ‘I just lived through eight years of a president of color, you are now asking me to buy in on a female president, and I’m going to go kicking and screaming because what was mine, what I perceived to be my status and privilege within the culture is now being laid bare as entirely vulnerable, and I’m fighting back.’ And I don’t think you can divorce that from the phenomenon that is Donald Trump.”
— Creator of HBO’s The Wire David Simon on PBS’s Charlie Rose show, September 11.
Trump’s “Entire Appeal” is the “Logical End” of Reagan’s Racist Revolution”
Author Salman Rushdie: “It seems pretty goddamn obvious that what happened on November 8th was a racist backlash against eight years of a black man in the White House.”
Host Bill Maher: “You’re not saying that all Trump voters – ”
Author Fran Lebowitz: “All Trump voters, Trump’s entire appeal was racism.”
Maher: “Every single Trump voter? That’s not true.”
Lebowitz: “Okay, maybe two, two no. Those rallies, you know, for someone our age, what did they remind you of? George Wallace rallies....He allows them to express their bigotry and that’s why they’re so ecstatic at those rallies.”
— HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, September 15.
“You kind of have to overlook the fact that Trump isn’t a virus from space. He came from the Republican Party, he’s the kind of logical end of the Reagan revolution. He’s not an anomaly, he’s not an aberration. It started long ago. All the things that are in Trumpism were there: The racial dog whistles, the anti-intellectualism, the anti-science. He’s just the end of the road for that. And so when I hear the anti-Trumpers, I applaud, but at the same time I go ‘yeah, but there’s something in there that we’re not really saying.’”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, September 22.
Kimmel Couldn’t Pass a Lie Detector Test
“So last week, Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham proposed a new bill, the Graham/Cassidy bill. And this new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel Test. This one, your child with a preexisting condition would get the care he needs if and only if his father is Jimmy Kimmel or otherwise you might be screwed. Now, I don’t know what happened to Bill Cassidy, but when he was on this publicity tour he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly. This were his words: He said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on preexisting conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families, and no life time caps. And guess what. The new bill does none of those things....So, not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel Test, he failed the Bill Cassidy Test. He failed his own test. And you don’t see that happen very much. This bill he came up with is actually worse than than the one that – thank God – Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and John McCain torpedoed over the summer. And I hope they have the courage and the good sense to do that again with this one, because these other guys who claim they want Americans to have better healthcare – even though eight years ago they didn’t want anyone to have health care at all.”
— Host Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, September 19.
Thankful That Trump Too Much of an “Imbecile” to Get “Cruel” Legislation
“You know, and we may have to struggle, like other civilizations have. Like you know, people did during the czar, and things like that. We may have to struggle, because we deserve it, frankly...Trump is a fucking imbecile, and I’m kind of glad he is, because if he were somewhat efficient, he’d actually be passing some of this sadism that passes as legislation. I swear to God. I don’t like him, and I think he’s poisonous, an egomaniac and a lunatic, but I know that there’s another side to the story that balances everything, and it’s keeping people like Paul Ryan from taking everybody’s healthcare away, or passing initiatives that are devoid of compassion. Cruel, you know? Absolute cruelty.”
— Actor Jim Carrey in a September 9 Facebook Live video with Michael Moore before appearing in Moore’s Broadway show.
Remove Trump For His “War On Our Ovaries”
“This has been cool and fun and you guys were so right about her e-mails and thank God we went your way but I think we are ready for mom to pick us up from this slumber party because we have kind of had enough and because we love Puerto Rico and our LGBTQ friends and we kneel with our brothers and sisters who choose to and because we don’t want WW3 on our ovaries or for our soldiers so you can make more money and a golden gun with your name on it. So what do you say? #25thamendment.”
— October 12 Instagram post by actress/comic Amy Schumer.
“Trump, you dumb motherfucker, you talking shit about the [NBA star Steph Curry] Currys? Everybody loves the Currys. Ayesha Curry, Riley Curry, Steph Curry, Dell Curry, even the pretty ass moms, you dumb motherfucker don’t you even know who the Currys are? That’s like talking shit about Mickey Mouse! You took away his invitation to the White House to come meet you? Motherfucker, no one from the NBA is fucking with you! KD (Kevin Durant), LeBron, Steve Kerr, Greg Popovich, Yao Ming, Larry Bird, nobody is coming to fuck with you man. No one wants to meet your ass. And then you was talking shit about Kaepernick. Saying ‘get that son of a bitch off the field.’ No! You fat motherfucker, get that son of a bitch out of the motherfucking White House. Get him the fuck out! So now what’s going to happen is we gonna take a knee to you. You bloated motherfucker you. You have any idea how uncomfortable this is for a 47-year-old Jewish man with a bad back and shin splints? We taking a knee to you, motherfucker.”
— Actor Michael Rapaport in September 23 video tweet.
Republicans and NRA Members At Fault for Mass Shootings
“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.”
— November 5 tweet after Texas church shooting by Netflix host Chelsea Handler.
“Welcome to America. It has been zero days since our last mass shooting. #FucktheNRA”...
“The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you [House Speaker Paul Ryan] worthless sack of shit.”...
— November 5 tweets by actor Will Wheaton.
“Do you hear me #trump ? #republicans ? #nra ? Every single gun death is preventable, and every single gun death is the result of @realdonaldtrump.”
— November 5 tweet by musician Moby.
“Another part of the problem is that Repub Party doesn’t view mentally ill heavily armed white guys as dangerous, they view them as voters.”
— November 5 tweet by director Adam McKay.
“The murderous members of the NRA should face a firing squad.”
— October 3 tweet after Las Vegas concert shooting by singer Nancy Sinatra.
Second Amendment Was About Slavery
“The Second Amendment shows just how far the poison of slavery pervaded the Constitution. It was intended to protect slave holders who used militias to keep a firm grip on their slaves. It wasn’t meant to let individuals prevent federal tyranny. How could it? It was meant to guarantee the legality of well-regulated militias to handle the states’ internal problems, especially the problem of a large slave population.’ Says a lot, doesn’t it?”
— Host Bill Maher quoting a New York Times column by Gary Wills, on HBO’s Real Time, October 6.
Love For Everyone...Except For “Unintelligent” Climate Change Deniers
“We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes. When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves. As we should begin to love and value our planet, and anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord, please save us all.”
— Singer Stevie Wonder on telethon for hurricane victims Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, September 12.
The Anti-Lee Greenwood? Not Proud to Be An American
BBC Hardtalk host Stephen Sackur: “Let me ask you a simple question: Are you proud of America today?”
Actress Jane Fonda: “No! But I’m proud of the resistance. I’m proud of the people who are turning out in unprecedented numbers and continue over and over and over again to protest what Trump is doing. I’m very proud of that core....[If I were in the NFL] I would take a knee. I would take two knees. I’d get on all fours if necessary.”
— BBC Hardtalk, October 16.
American Flag Represents Racism and “Genocide”
“It’s the same flag that flew over slavery and the genocide of the Native American population, the napalming of the Vietnamese children, the destruction of Afghanistan’s civilian hospitals and it’s on the uniform of every police officer who’s killed an innocent African-American person. It’s also a flag that’s in the courtroom of every judge who’s let those cops go free.”
— Musician Tom Morello on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, September 29.