In February 2017, the political climate in the US has cast a shadow over the rest of the world, with reality star turned politician Donald Trump enacting multiple executive orders that may put the civil liberties of millions of Americans and immigrants at risk.
So, how did we get there? In a new documentary called Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of all Time, filmmakers Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon take viewers behind the scenes of the US political race between January and November 2016 to uncover how Donald Trump managed to become the leader of the free world. This new documentary from SHOWTIME was an official selection at this year’s Sundance film festival and is a must see for anyone still trying to figure out how the heck this happened.
With Trump now in office, the American people and various allies around the world are standing up against the new administration. On Sunday night, 97 companies filed a legal brief condemning Trump’s executive order on immigration. Among those companies against Trump’s #MuslimBan are Google, Facebook, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Levi Strauss & Co. and Chobani.
And big businesses aren’t the only public entities taking a stance against Trump. A number of high profile celebrities are also using their platforms to speak out against the president and his cabinet.
The Hunger Games star and actor penned an essay for Broadly following the election, calling on her fellow Americans to not let Trump’s win defeat them, but instead enrage them and motivate them to speak out against the President.
Actor Rashida Jones put into words what many were feeling after Trump’s victory in 2016, with a simple tweet and hashtag. The actor and activist has continued to fight for civil rights, including writing essays for Vanity Fair and speaking out on women’s rights.
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) November 9, 2016
Grey’s Anatomy star and activist Jesse Williams has been a vocal opponent of Trump. Williams took home the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards in 2016 for his work with the civil rights group The Advancement Project, an organization that is still sadly necessary in 2017.
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) February 2, 2017
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling may have created one of the greatest universes in literature with Hogwarts, but even the famed British writer probably couldn’t have dreamed up a world where Trump was president. Knowing the pen is mightier than the sword, Rowling has remained active on her social media accounts, speaking up against Trump’s executive orders and sharing the stories of those affected by the #MuslimBan.
Hey, I know I can’t compare to the president elect. He has the deepest thoughts. So deep you’ll need a big shovel to get at ’em. Bigly deep. pic.twitter.com/Ie074mCspR
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 2016
Comedian and writer Kathy Griffin has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights, so not surprisingly, she’s also been an outspoken opponent of Trump. During a breakfast for women in Hollywood thrown by The Hollywood Reporter in December, news anchor Megyn Kelly told the crowd that people need to ‘support the president.’ Griffin disagreed.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 7, 2016
A vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, Girls writer and actor Lena Dunham declared that she would move to Canada if Trump became president. While we would love to have Dunham hang out with us up north, we’re proud to see the activist continuing to fight for women’s rights and social causes in the US.
Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner may be best known for battling power-hungry despots on HBO, but did you know she does the same thing on Twitter as well?
Sorry I haven’t been tweeting much guys. Here’s a roundup 1. No to that orange guy 2. Yes to women’s march. 3. Alternative facts is lol
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) February 4, 2017
It looks as though President Trump has lost one of his biggest supporters. Kanye West made headlines in 2016 when he told concertgoers at his LA show that if he had voted, it would have been for Donald Trump. West again was in the news for meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in New York only days after his release from the hospital for exhaustion. Now Kanye has deleted all of his tweets about Trump, hopefully signaling that the rapper has listened to his wife and Trump opponent, Kim Kardashian West.
While accepting the Cecile B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes in January, Meryl Streep stole show with her moving and inspiring speech against President Trump. Not surprisingly, Trump responded on Twitter, calling one of the greatest actors of all time ‘overrated.’
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Empire writer Lee Daniels, along with his cast, including Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson, recorded a video supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and denouncing Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Clinton’s campaign did not have the same successful outcome as the first two season of Empire.
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime performance may not have included the singer giving the president the middle finger, but opening her show with “This Land Is Your Land” and later singing her pro-LGBTQ track “Born This Way” was a political stance that managed to fly under the FCC radar.
As if New England Patriots player Martellus Bennett wasn’t already the coolest dude for writing a children’s book aimed at inspiring kids of all backgrounds to feel empowered to see themselves as heroes, he’s also now a Super Bowl champion. As is tradition, Bennett is invited to the White House with his winning team to meet the President, but as a vocal opponent to Trump, he’s RSVP’ing ‘no.’
Surprised the president dude didn’t ban celebrating Chinese New Year in America!!
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) January 29, 2017
The famous rapper has remained largely out of the spotlight for the past few years, but was inspired to head back to the recording booth with fellow Detroit native Big Sean to write the Trump diss track “No Favors.” The song appears on Big Sean’s new album I Decided and has been criticized by Louisiana Senate candidate and Trump supporter David Duke, who is also a former Imperial Wizard for the KKK. Seriously.
Both a Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporter, pop star, actor, and founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley Cyrus posted a tearful video following Trump’s win. The young entertainer has continued to fight for LGBTQ rights following Trump’s inauguration and appeared at the LA Women’s March.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 9, 2016
Prior to Trump’s win, Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro said he wanted to punch the Republican candidate in the face. Following Trump’s win? Raging Bull still wants to punch him.
Grammy winner John Legend responded to Trump’s presidential win the best way he knows how – with a moving and inspiring new music video starring interracial and same-sex couples, refugees, and immigrant families.
Watch Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of all Time. Now streaming on CraveTV.