In the wake of Donald Trump’s racist attack on four prominent congresswomen of colour, the president’s most vocal Hollywood critics have turned up in force to support The Squad.
There’s rarely a moment when Donald Trump isn’t trending for sharing his unwanted opinions, but even by the president’s standards, the political firestorm that ignited over the weekend stooped to an all-time low.
The POTUS sparked worldwide condemnation when he attacked four progressive Democrat congresswomen of colour in a vicious Twitter tirade, claiming that they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Even though three of the women are native-born citizens and one came to the US as a child, Trump asserted that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, otherwise known as The Squad, “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.”
As The Squad denounced Trump’s comments at a news conference, and urged the public not to get distracted from the “callous chaos and corrupt culture of this administration”, a wave of support from Hollywood’s A-listers rolled in to support the four Democrat women.
Ava DuVernay, one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers, was first out of the blocks on Sunday, encouraging The Squad to persist with their advocacy in the face of Trump’s hatred, who she branded a “#RacistInChief”.
“Saluting these women. Stay pushing. Stay shining. Stay working. Stay a pain in the ass of the #RacistInChief and all his co-horts. Stay true to who you are. Stay safe. Stay together. Stay making us proud. #FourQueens,” she tweeted.
Never one to shy away from making her voice heard, Thelma & Louise actress Susan Sarandon launched a scathing attack on Trump and his “systemic, bipartisan white supremacy”, praising the women for their advocacy for marginalised communities, such as lifting the lid on migrant suffering along the Southern border.
“I support @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib, @AOC & @RepPressley as they stand up to this racist president & expose systemic, bipartisan white supremacy hiding in plain sight in this country. Stay strong, your voices are so important as you fight for working people & the marginalised,” Sarandon said.
Queer Eye’s resident emotional and mental makeover king Karamo Brown, who frequently uses his platform to speak out about social injustices, tweeted his pride in his heritage and the history of immigration that has defined US history.
“Our #RacistInChief just told four American Congresswomen “go back to their countries…” Immigrants & their children are the heart of our country. I am proud to be #MadeByImmigrants @realDonaldTrump racist rhetoric only makes me fight harder for all. #FirstGenerationAmerican”.
Meanwhile, real life Captain America, Chris Evans, called upon a reference from the Back to the Future films to take aim at Trump, who he has vocally criticised in the past.
“This is racist, Biff,” Evans tweeted. “The only thing worse than actually being hateful and racist, is casually wielding hate and racism to activate your base in an unrelenting, painfully transparent, and crushingly on-brand effort to soothe your only true devotion: feeding your insatiable ego.”
Director of When Harry Met Sally, Rob Reiner, also lent his voice to the backlash, tweeting: “I know to call someone an ignorant racist is redundant. But with this President you have to add cruel and inhumane. Decent loving people are running out of words to describe this sick sad lying excuse for a human being.”
Elsewhere, pop singer and actress Janelle Monáe fired off a furious series of tweets, calling on the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to propose impeaching Trump, writing: “I’m dead ass convinced this idiot racist could kill someone on Twitter live in the WH west wing & u guys would be like “when he kills someone he reaffirms his message of division. We have to work together to reflect BLAH’ CALL 4 IMPEACHMENT Speaker PelosiStop dragging this OUT”.
Top Chef star and activist Padma Lakshmi also blasted Trump’s barefaced racism, comparing the tweets to playground taunts levelled at immigrant children.
“Go back to your country” is a taunt immigrant kids hear on the playground, it’s a threat I get from unhinged people in my DMs, and it’s also something the President of the United States says to strong women of colour who oppose him,” she wrote.
Olivia Wilde also highlighted the complicity of right-wing news outlets in supporting Trump’s comments, reminding people that institutional racism was a societal problem. “Reminder that the #RacistInChief isn’t the only problem,” she tweeted. “These people agree with him. They are just as vile.
On Sunday, “master of horror” Stephen King also composed a blistering takedown of the president in response to the announcements that ICE raids would be carried out over the weekend, likening the raids to horrors of Nazi concentration camps.
“First, you stoke hatred and fear of minorities,” King tweeted. “Then you round them up and put them in camps.
“Next, you send out raiding parties to get those who have been driven into hiding,” he continued. “The armbands come next right?”
As world leaders and A-listers continue to denounce Trump’s racism, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated there will be an upcoming resolution to officially condemn Trump’s comments.