Celebrity Reactions: Donald Trump Condemns White Supremacists Two Days After Charlottesville Rally

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Donald Trump White Supremacists Celebrity Reactions

By Andrew Shuster |

Donald Trump White Supremacists Celebrity Reactions

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President Donald Trump condemned white supremacists, the KKK and Neo-Nazis in a speech on Monday, more than 48 hours after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the president waiting two days to call out the hate groups by name. See Hollywood stars’ tweets below.

Trump’s initial remarks about the violent protests on Saturday were widely criticized when he didn’t immediately denounce the far-right groups, instead saying there are “many sides” to blame for the weekend’s tumultuous events. The president finally specified the culprits on Monday by stating, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this display of hatred, bigotry and violence. Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans.”

One celebrity reacting to Trump’s late response is Bryan Cranston, who tweeted, “It felt like @realDonaldTrump read the TelePrompTer message condemning hate groups like a hostage forced to read a statement by his captors.” Olivia Wilde similarly said, “For a guy who hates teleprompters, this jerk can’t even condemn racism without one. If I wasn’t so mad, I would laugh.” And Don Cheadle mocked the president’s speech by imagining one of his advisors saying, “Sir, you’re gonna need to do the whole ‘bad racism’ thing. Natives are getting restless. We can go back 2 fkking them right after. Promise.”

Meanwhile, George Takei wrote, “Empty words, Donald. You want to help rid America of white supremacists? Start with your chief strategist in the White House. #FireBannon.” In response to a Trump aide previously stating the president didn’t call out white supremacists because he didn’t want to “dignify them,” Michael Ian Black offered, “So now that he called them out he’s dignifying them, I guess? Seems like a bad idea, IMO.” And “Modern Family” producer Danny Zuker noted, “I once challenged @RealDonaldTrump’s ratings & he tweeted me in 15 minutes. It took him 3 days to say the KKK is bad. Sorry, it’s too late.”

Dan Rather expressed, “Pres. Trump’s statement after public outrage comes late and was the least he could say to save any credibility.” John Cleese conveyed, “It is now clear that President Trump will speak out strongly against racism, provided only that this does not alienate his base in any way.” Ann Coulter, however, was one of Trump’s few famous supporters, writing, “CNN still not satisfied w/ @realDonaldTrump denunciation of KKK. It will ever be enuf.”

Albert Brooks quipped, “Trump finally comes out against white supremacists. He also said Pearl Harbor was a horrible thing.” John Fugelsang‏ said, “Remember, DT condemned violence by the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists w/out actually condemning the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists.” Mia Farrow asked, “Why would anyone need a teleprompter to condemn nazis and the KKK?” And Billy Eichner tweeted, “Remember when we didn’t have to have a ‘hot take’ on Nazis?”

As Gossip Cop reported, many Hollywood stars slammed Trump’s original response to the violence in Charlottesville when he failed to specify those responsible for the unrest. We will update as more celebrities react to the president now condemning hate groups by name two days after the rally.

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