All this week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of the decade. On Monday, we presented the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons; on Tuesday, we showcased some of this year’s nastiest attacks on conservatives; Wednesday, we highlighted the media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome; and yesterday reviewed the most over-the-top adulation of Barack Obama.
Today, we look at some of the most outrageous celebrity quotes of the decade.
In this edition, director Rob Reiner compares the Tea Party to the rise of Nazism, Bill Maher denounces George W. Bush for aiding veterans, Jamie Foxx gives gratitude to “Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama” and actor Johnny Depp talks about assassinating Donald Trump:
Rise of Tea Party = Nazi Germany in the 30s
“Hitler, by the way, never got more than 33 percent of the vote ever in Germany.... He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic, and they were having bad economic times — just like we are now. People were out of work, they needed jobs, and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold: ‘I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.’”
— Actor/director/liberal activist Rob Reiner on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, October 22, 2010.
Tea Party = The Klan
“You have what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party.... At the end of the day, there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, ‘Can we just lynch him?’”
— Actor Sean Penn on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, October 14, 2011.
Obama = Jesus
“First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and savior Barack Obama!”
— Actor Jamie Foxx during the Soul Train Awards, November 25, 2012 on BET.
Ronnie’s Rotten Legacy Can’t Compare to “True Visionary” Gorbachev
“What is Reagan’s real legacy?...He deregulated industries, eroded environmental standards, defiantly ripping down the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had put on the White House
roof, weakened the middle class, busted unions, heightened the racial divides, widened the gap between rich and poor....As far as Reagan’s much-vaunted role in winning the Cold
War, the lion’s share of credit goes to Mikhail Gorbachev — a true visionary and, it turns out, the real democrat.”
— Oliver Stone narrating the December 31, 2012 installment of Showtime’s ten part Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States.
No More Pretending to “Support the Troops”
“Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don’t. I used to....But at some point all individuals must
answer for their actions, and now that we know our military leaders do things that have
nothing to do with defending our lives, why would anyone sign up for this rogue organization?”
— Leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore announcing his New Year’s resolutions in a December 31, 2012 article published by the Huffington Post.
Denouncing Bush for Helping Disabled Vets
“George Bush, over the Memorial Day weekend, held the Wounded Warrior 100K [bike ride],
which was a kind of a celebration for wounded warriors who came back from Iraq, and I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs. And I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off, and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement.”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Bill Maher on Real Time, May 31, 2013.
Let’s Give “Handsome” Obama “All the Power He Needs”
“I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest, and have been since the inception of your campaign....It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass...You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”
— Actress Gwyneth Paltrow introducing President Obama at an October 9 DNC fundraiser held at her Los Angeles home.
Harvey Weinstein: America Is “Embarrassing”
“This is the only country in the world where we don’t have health care. Countries embarrass us around the world. And this is the only country in the world where we don’t have a gun law. I watched you, you know, talk about that. You know, quite frankly, it’s embarrassing. Obama is not embarrassing. The country is embarrassing.”
— Movie producer Harvey Weinstein on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, November 15, 2013.
Justice Clarence Thomas = “Clown in Blackface”
“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there....This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”
— Actor George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, talking about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a June 30, 2015 interview with Fox 10 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Carve Hillary’s Face Into Mount Rushmore
“I mean, obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton....And so seeing her talk about early childhood vulnerability and brain development. Man, that woman is stout. She is stout. So yes, I will be all in when the time comes....I think she might be the most overqualified candidate we’ve had since, you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.”
— Actress/activist Ashley Judd on Larry King Now, an Ora.TV show also carried on Hulu and broadcast on RT, the Russian TV channel, January 30, 2015.
Doing Whatever It Takes to Elect Hillary
“If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job. OK? I’m good. I’m not a douche, and I’m not a tool. I take my time. I have a lot of eye contact, and I do swallow.”
— Madonna introducing comedian Amy Schumer for her October 18 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as reported by the Daily Mail’s Chelsea White in an October 19, 2016 article.
Who Are Trump’s Supporters? Racists, Duh
NBC’s Willie Geist: “How do you explain the millions and millions of people who do not watch this show who actually like what they hear from Donald Trump — and aren’t taking messages and orders from us in the media — but they listen to what he says for themselves and vote for him. How do you explain that?”
Actor/activist Rob Reiner: “Well, there are a lot of people who are racist in this country.”
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, May 5, 2016.
Trump = Incoming Asteroid
“This one is a nail biter and a passport grabber. It feels like we are trying to avoid the apocalypse and half the country is voting for the asteroid.”
— Host Stephen Colbert during his live election night special on Showtime, November 8, 2016 as results pointed to a Trump victory.
“Nasty” Ashley Attacks “Cheeto Dust” Trump
“I am a nasty woman. I am not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust, a man who’s words are a diss track to America, Electoral College-sanctioned hate speech contaminating this National Anthem....I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag and I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee. Nazis renamed as the cabinet....I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, like your wet dreams infused with your own genes but, yeah, I’m a nasty woman. A loud, vulgar proud woman. I’m not nasty like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in my voting booth.”
— Actress Ashley Judd at the Women’s March as aired on C-SPAN, January 21, 2017.
Madonna Ponders Blowing Up the White House
“Yes, I am angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything.”
— Singer Madonna at the Women’s March as aired on C-SPAN, January 21, 2017.
Depp Dreams About Being a Modern Day John Wilkes Booth
“Can we bring Trump here?...I think he needs help...When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
— Actor Johnny Depp at Glastonbury Festival in England on June 22, 2017.
Colbert’s Vulgar Trash Talk
“Mr. Trump, your presidency, I love your presidency. I call it, it ‘Disgrace the Nation.’ You are not the POTUS, you’re the BLOTUS (Biggest Liar of the United States), you are the glutton with the button. You are a regular ‘Gorge Washington.’ You are the Presi-dunce, but are turning into a real prick-tator. Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head. In fact the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c**k [bleep] holster.”
— Host Stephen Colbert on CBS’s The Late Show, May 1, 2017.
Trump is the “Logical End” of Reagan’s Racist Revolution”
“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, 2017.
Keeping It Classy
“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week. You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c**t. He listens to you! Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it!”
— Host Samantha Bee on TBS’s Full Frontal, May 31, 2018. Bee apologized the next day.
Wolf’s War on White House Women
“You guys have got to stop putting Kellyanne [Conway] on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It’s like that old saying, if a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I’m not suggesting she gets hurt. Just stuck. Stuck under a tree.”...
“There’s also, of course, Ivanka. She was supposed to be an advocate for women, but it turns out she’s about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons. She’s done nothing to satisfy women. So, I guess like father, like daughter.”
— Some of comedian Michelle Wolf’s jokes about White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and First Daughter Ivanka Trump at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, April 28, 2018.
Joss, Secret Service Is on Line One for You
“Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia. My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.”
— April 3, 2018 tweet by director Joss Whedon.
Fonda Flips Out
“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK”
— June 20, 2018 tweet from actor/director Peter Fonda. First Lady Melania Trump asked the Secret Service to contact the actor. Fonda deleted the tweet and eventually apologized.
Hollywood Settles It: No More “Debate,” Trump Is a Nazi
“He’s a Nazi. He wants no judicial process. He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain and to support his racist views. He admires violent dictators. Trump is a Nazi. The debate is over. Soon we will have proof he is a Nazi supported by the Russians.”
— June 25, 2018 tweet by director Judd Apatow.
“I’m trying to hold onto my personal rights so that you can have the rights you want. See? Because if you take mine, I feel like you’re the one with the problem. If you take my right away from me, to judge what I do for my family and my body, I got a little problem with that. You got a problem. You don’t want people to take your guns? Get out of my behind! Get out of my vagina! Get out!”
— Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg on ABC’s The View, June 28, 2018.
Supremely Awful Tweets About Kavanaugh
“Alcoholism stunts your emotional growth so if you start drinking alcoholically as a teenager you stay a teenager emotionally until you deal with it. Explains a lot about Brett Kavanaugh. From his combative behavior yesterday to his unusual bond with teenage girls basketball teams.”
— September 28, 2018 tweet by comedian/actor Tom Arnold.
“It’s no longer the Republican Party to me. It’s the Rape Party.”
— October 4, 2018 tweet by actress Molly Ringwald.
Bill Bravely Picks On a Kid
“I don’t blame the kid – the smirking kid. I blame lead poisoning and bad parenting, and, oh yeah, I blame that fucking kid. What a little prick. Smirk face. Like that’s not a dick move at any age to stick your face in this elderly man....I do not get what Catholic priests see in these kids.”
— Host Bill Maher criticizing Covington Catholic school student Nick Sandmann for grinning while Native American protestor drummed in his face, as aired on HBO’s Real Time, January 25, 2019.
DeNiro’s Dumb Denunciation of Donald
“I’m happy to stand with Samantha Bee tonight to support the First Amendment, the right of the President to be a relentless and unrepentant lying scumbag, the right of his supporters to not give a shit and our right to do something about it...Impeachment or not, there will be an election. Unless Mitch McConnell can figure out a way to stop that vote, too.”
— Actor Robert De Niro at TBS’s Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner, April 27, 2019.
Trump Is Haunting Their Dreams Now
“One of the things I stopped doing is do not read the news at night because I was waking up in the middle of the night from nightmares of just screaming. I had one dream....I was in a boardroom. There was a long table, and it was just the guy who’s in the Oval Office right now sitting there, and I walked in, and I was screaming, screaming, don’t you care about the next gen....I was going crazy at him and screaming and yelling, and that was 2016. I woke up in a sweat and I went, ‘Oh, my God I’ve gone insane and I have to stop reading the news at night.’”
— The Good Wife and ER actress Julianna Margulies on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, May 20, 2019.
Turn Trump Over to Saudis to Be Tortured to Death
“Impeachment would be just the beginning of what he deserves, you know, not even scratching the surface of what he deserves....I think we should turn him over to the Saudis, you know, his buddies. The same Saudis, you know, who got rid of that reporter. You know, maybe they could do the same for him.”
— Author Fran Lebowitz on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, May 17, 2019.
Oh No Rosie! Claims Over 100,000 “Concentration Camps” In “Nearly Every State”
“The concentration camps, even though there’s lots of controversy about the word. But actually, legitimate scholars who have studied genocide say, yes, these are, in fact, the criteria for concentration camps, they meet them. There are over 100,000 camps in nearly every state.”
— Actress/comedian and former ABC’s The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, June 24, 2019.
Rooting for a Recession: “Worth It” to Get Rid of Trump
Host Bill Maher: “I’ve been hoping for a recession. People hate me for it, but it would get rid of Trump. So you shouldn’t hate me for it.”
New York magazine columnist Josh Barro: “I mean recessions are really bad. People lose their jobs and homes and we shouldn’t wish for it.”
Maher: “I know. It’s worth it.”
— HBO’s Real Time Overtime, August 2, 2019.