Numerous celebrities, ranging from musicians and Hollywood actors to writers and popular scientists, have voiced their disdain for Trump. Never before in US history has a Presidential candidate been so universally despised by our nation’s most beloved public figures. Actors we have grown up with and held dear in our hearts, such as Robert De Nero and Samuel L Jackson, have delivered devastating critiques of Trump’s moral character and suitability for the presidency. With so many beloved stars voicing their contempt for Trump, many voters are having second thoughts about whether he is eligible for the White House.
Robert De Nero, at the 2016 Sarajevo Film Festival, expressed his contempt for Trump, stating that “He shouldn’t even be where he is, so God Help us”. He has also mentioned that Hillary “has earned the right to be President” through her hard work and years of public service. Well known feminist actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrara have also blasted Trump for his mistreatment of women and his racist views towards Mexican immigrants. In yet another devastating denouncement, famous writer Stephen King joined over 400 writers in signing a petition denouncing Trump. The petition powerfully states that “The rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response”.
However, perhaps the most devastating words of all, came from none other than Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientific genius, known for his discoveries about black holes, which have been put into practise by theoretical physicists in universities around the world. When asked about Trump, Hawking said that “it is of great concern” that Trump refuses to acknowledge the existence and threat of man-made climate change. He then went on to say that Trump is “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator”.
With this many influential public figures openly denouncing Trump, many voters are struggling to see him as a viable choice for the presidency. The public will have to decide this November, whether to reject the warnings of these luminaries, and pursue a dark path of chaos and destruction, or to choose the safe and reliable path of a Hillary presidency. Once understood, the choice is simple. I can only hope that common sense prevails, and that we do not descend into anarchy after a shock result in November.