Yesterday was a low point in American history. Our current President of the United States defended White supremacists, labeling protesters who were speaking out against hate as the "alt-left" and compared Robert E. Lee, a violent racist who wanted to dismantel the country in the 1860s, to President George Washington, who fought to create the country.
This is the man with the same hateful views we have seen since the vile election or when he called for five Black teenagers to be executed in 1989. The power of the oval office has only made her more emboldened to battle bigotry.
People were mortified — unless you turned to Fox News. Read the responses below from celebrities of all backgrounds reacting to our President.
Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2017
Donald Trump believes that the counter protesters (who were clergy, anti-fascists and BLM) are exactly equivalent to the white nationalists.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 15, 2017
I feel like... I don't know what I feel anymore. Shock. Been there. Disgust. Done that. Rage. Ongoing. This is bizarre and revolting. https://t.co/M5NPikKHSf— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 15, 2017
That press conference kinda just blew up my brain. Everyone should watch that entire thing from beginning to end. It's truly shocking.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) August 15, 2017
Impeach this bad man. https://t.co/yZiSnY7boD— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 15, 2017
Trump is like, actually racist. He isn't "saying the wrong thing". He is actually racist and means this. Holy shit lol what a fucking idiot— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 15, 2017
It's still hard for me to believe so many people voted for this idiot. This is your fault too.— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 15, 2017
I can NOT believe what I'm watching on television right now. How is this man our president? Honestly?— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) August 15, 2017
For the Black Community, tell us ways the non-racist white community who loves u can do better to help influence the country? #HowWeDoBetter— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 15, 2017
People. It's Time. He Gotta Go https://t.co/2ica9FMxZI— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 15, 2017
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