Celebrities React: Donald Trump Inauguration
Trump officially becomes the 45th President of the United States on Friday, succeeding Obama. He and the outgoing First Lady, Michelle Obama, welcomed Trump and the incoming First Lady, Melania Trump, to the White House this morning. The two couples posed for photos (see right), before having a private tea. They were to then ride together in a motorcade for the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.
On this historic day, some celebrities are still struggling to accept this transition of power. Katy Perry wrote early Friday morning that she was “sleeping in.” She added, “Then, I’m marching. #WomensMarch.” Jessica Chastain tweeted, “Ladies, remember to set your clocks back 100 yrs tonight.” Chris Rock went even further, sharing a meme that said, “Don’t forget to set your clocks back 300 years tonight.” Olivia Wilde wrote, “Stop telling me to ‘get over it.’ Get UNDER it. He works for US. The democratic process is constant. Stay informed, stay engaged, speak up.”
“I am so genuinely grateful that the TV in my trailer is broken today and my wifi doesn’t have the signal to stream. #gooddayforbadtech,” admitted Josh Gad. Zoe Saldana said, “I’m trying to be a respectful diligent American rt now but as I start to watch this inauguration- Regression is the word that comes to mind.” Referring to the protest he led on Thursday night, Mark Ruffalo urged, “#InaugurationDay watch #WeStandUnited w/ @NYCMayor @cher @MarkRuffalo @MMFlint @ABFalecbaldwin instead of Trump!”
John Legend observed, “The last 2 inaugurations were very crowded. This one is so… roomy.” Kat Dennings wrote, “It’s a great day to watch infomercials!” Alec Baldwin, who was at the aforementioned protest with Ruffalo, said, “All of the jokes/parody/comedy aside, let’s stop for a moment to take a full account of where we are. This country is lost. It’s in trouble.” But an optimistic Andy Cohen said, “I look forward to the new President setting a great example from today on!”
“Hey gang…just got back from Mars… anything happening I should know about?” joked Will Arnett. Trevor Noah wondered, “What do you think Trump will say about the number of people attending the inauguration?” Elizabeth Banks revealed, “I made a appointment at the DMV this morning. That’s where I’ll be. The DMV. #AlreadyGreat.” Chrissy Teigen sarcastically said, “Can u guys feel it? america is great again all of a sudden it’s so weird. he was right!”
As he watched the religious readings, James Corden quipped, “‘You guys cool with reading the prayers off an iPad?'” Julie Bowen cracked, “I think Barron is on his Gameboy. Can’t say I can blame him.” Sarah Silverman remarked, “This is the most I’ve ever heard the words Jesus Christ and the most I’ve ever said the words Jesus Christ.” Alicia Keys wrote directly to the new president, “@realDonaldTrump Americans are all colors, faiths, cultures & genders. We have voices. We refuse fear. We believe in the Dream. #WeAreHere.”
Melissa Joan Hart stated, “Here we go with the changing of the guard…. praying for a successful few years of moving our nation forward!” Arsenio Hall noted, “One time, I won this @nbc TV reality show, and then … the host became the most powerful man of earth!” Trump’s “Apprentice” replacement, Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote, “President Obama, thank you for your service. President Trump, congratulations and good luck.” Larry King similarly said, “Farewell @BarackObama & @MichelleObama and hello to the new @POTUS @realdonaldtrump & @FLOTUS Mrs. Trump. #Inauguration.
“For anyone who thought this inauguration speech would usher in a new type of man… have a nice Friday,” tweeted Albert Brooks. Jason Biggs sniped, “I gave a better speech about nighttime teeth brushing to my toddler last night. Should’ve recorded it.” Austin Mahone simply asked fans, “Thoughts on the inauguration?” Rainn Wilson, who turns 51 today, commented, “Strange day to have a birthday.” Chelsea Handler cracked, “In exchange for El Chapo, we would like to hand over Donald Trump. #Freetrade. #Inauguration.”
Judd Apatow reminded his followers, “Everyone needs to register to vote for the midterms and their primaries. That is how this ends. @RockTheVote.” “The View” co-host bsaid, “I didn’t vote for Trump, but I hope he succeds in placing freedom & opportunity as his #1. If he succeeds in that, we all succeed.” And Scott Baio, who was there in person, posted, “We are ready. Proud to be an American! #Trump #Inauguration.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Trump, tweeted from the Capitol, “I’m here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration.”