Hollywood celebrities jumped on social media Wednesday and fired off a series of emotional reactions, calls to “fight,” and cataclysmic predictions in response to the news that Justice Anthony Kennedy had announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.
“ok, dems. this is real. all y’all paying attention? this is how you lose a country,” actor Don Cheadle said on Twitter. “all of our rights are in the balance. urge your leadership to resist when trump attempts to appoint the next swamp thing out of the pez dispenser or kiss it bye bye.”
Other stars, like Will & Grace actress Debra Messing, Westworld star Jeffrey Wright, and actor John Leguizamo urged their followers to “fight” and push back against what director Rob Reiner called “tyranny.”
President Trump on Wednesday graciously celebrated the news and announced his intentions to nominate a Constitutional originalist to replace Justice Kennedy before the midterm elections.
“We have a very excellent list of great, talented, highly educated, highly intelligent, hopefully, tremendous people. I think the list is very outstanding,” Trump said, referencing a list of 25 potential candidates to replace the longtime Justice.
Check out the celebrity meltdowns below.
ok, dems. this is real. all y’all paying attention? this is how you lose a country. all of our rights are in the balance. urge your leadership to resist when trump attempts to appoint the next swamp thing out of the pez dispenser or kiss it bye bye. https://t.co/YxNaD7SdGz
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) June 27, 2018
The illegitimate POTUS will now try to ram a SCOTUS nominee through before Nov. So much for that McConnell rule. Calling on two principled Republicans to stand up against tyranny.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) June 27, 2018
SUPREME COURT NOW
COMPLETELY RIGHT WING☠️
“trumps SUPREME COURT”WILL TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS‼️ROE V.WADE,GAY RIGHTS,TOO MANY TO LIST‼️THIS BLOW COULDN’T BE MORE SEVERE‼️IF WE DONT FIGHT LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT,
“SOME AMERICANS ”COULD FIND “THEMSELVES”IN INTERNMENT CAMPS
— Cher (@cher) June 27, 2018
GET READY! FIGHT IS ON! Everyone who is not a privileged white man who has been treated like an Other— POC, LGBTQ, Women, the Differently Abled, Muslim, Jew, Poor, etc. NOW we must work together and ACTIVATE. We MUST vote, we MUST make calls, knock on doors help candidates who are looking to flip seats. We MUST call our members of Congress and tell them that every Democrat must refuse to hold a hearing for Trumps SCOTUS nominee ( as GOP McConnell did) until AFTER the Russian probe is concluded. We MUST appeal to exiting GOP Senator McCain and Senator Flake and ask them to be heroes. Ask them to switch parties so we can hold off the vote. Ask GOP Members of Congress who have expressed upset over Trumps policies to vow not to vote on a nominee until the Russian probe is over. No more civility. We must fight fire with fire. McConnell changed the rules. He gave us our playbook. We now need the moral courage to follow it. This is THAT important. If Trump gets one of his nominees in we are looking at Roe v Wade being overturned. Gay marriage overturned. It would be terrible for Union members, and everyone who needs affordable health care. Civil Rights as we know them will be chipped away. PLEASE commit to fighting this.
Democrats need to show some and fight. What's the Constitution say about a President* who's under criminal investigation for conspiracy against the country and tampering with his own election nominating justices? https://t.co/U2qso78vjG
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 27, 2018
Gorsuch isn’t a real justice. Trump lost popular vote by 3 million votes. Those things matter. Own your power. Wake up. Get in the streets. Organize & learn direct action. And remember: we don’t fight fascists to win; we fight them because they’re fascists.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) June 27, 2018
Every single institution or agency in our government is being dismantled by this administration. Congress, gone, SCOTUS, gone, the Executive branch, in the hands of a madman, the FBI, DOE, EPA, etc. etc. etc. And you thought it couldn’t happen here.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 27, 2018
No more playing nice with Republicans because they have never played nice back!! Fight back and fight back smart and till the bitter end!! F$k civility! They ain’t never been civil!! https://t.co/IJcJdIVNiy
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) June 27, 2018
Thanks, Justice Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/2w8EjRwVtU
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) June 27, 2018
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 27, 2018
Block any nomination that isn’t Merrick Garland. Block any nomination that isn’t Merrick Garland. Block any nomination. https://t.co/4GC6gPo0AN
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) June 27, 2018
Stock up on abortions now. Roe v. Wade is gone.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 27, 2018
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 27, 2018
Seems pretty straightforward, as @realdonaldtrump is under
investigation for collusion with
russia, and other criminal
activities, I suggest the next
president nominate our next
supreme court justice. pic.twitter.com/Ef10DE6ENO
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) June 27, 2018
I didn't cry when Trump won. I have never once lost hope or my will to fight over the last 18 months.
But, Kennedy stepping down… I have been hysterically crying for an hour.
— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) June 27, 2018
Okay yes I love the Handmaids Tale – that doesn’t mean I want to live in it. https://t.co/JkGnZbH088
— Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) June 27, 2018
Hey hey, fuck off everyone who voted for Trump or didn’t vote at all. The SCOTUS is going to be a dumpster fire and it’s your fault and we’re going to have to live with that for the rest of our lives. 👏👏👏👏
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 27, 2018
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