Hollywood actors know a bad performance when they see one, and on Wednesday, they gave a big thumbs down to billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made his first debate appearance following his late entry into the presidential race.
Bloomberg came off as stiff and emotionless during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas as his opponents took one shot at him after another, highlighting his controversial “stop and frisk” policy as New York mayor and the alleged culture of discrimination and sexual harassment at his media empire.
Many Hollywood personalities cheered on Elizabeth Warren, praising her offensive strategy which felt like a comeback for the candidate following lackluster results in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Actresses Ashely Judd and Minnie Driver took delight in seeing Warren eviscerate Bloomberg.
(Forgive me) Mike signed his death Warren with the “I’m nice to some women” comment. @ewarren 🏆
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) February 20, 2020
Go, @ewarren go. #DemDebate
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against, a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,” she said.
And she was just getting started.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg – what an asshole –
— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 20, 2020
Alec Baldwin pointed out the potentially fatal political weaknesses of each candidate from sexual harassment to credibility to “cognitive issues.”
Some Dem candidates have campaign finance issues, sexual harassment issues, credibility issues, cognitive issues, budget balancing issues.
You put all those together…you’ve got Trump
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 20, 2020
Actor Josh Gad couldn’t contain his glee with everyone on the debate stage, “other than one man.”
Have to say…very impressed with #ElizabethWarren tonight. Also very impressed by #MayorPete and thought Biden and Bernie were quite good. All in all, other than one man on that stage thought everyone showed up tonight in a big way. Great debate pic.twitter.com/E4sjitCeoQ
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 20, 2020
Andy Richter of Conan on TBS added to the anti-Bloomberg celebrity pile-on.
PLEEEEEEEASE let this be the beginning of the swift end of the Bloomberg campaign
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) February 20, 2020
Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress-comedian Sarah Silverman both applauded Warren for her relentless attacks on Bloomberg during the debate.
Did Elizabeth Warren just end Bloomberg’s campaign? How many NDAs did Bloomberg force women to sign. She kept asking. He wouldn’t answer. Put a fork in him.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 20, 2020
Elizabeth just finished off Mike #DemDebate
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 20, 2020
Actor Jon Cryer was all giddy for a “Warren/Trump debate” after the Massachusetts senator went after her rivals on Wednesday night.
If this doesn’t make you want a Warren/Trump debate there is something wrong with you. https://t.co/OlXQhhajQZ
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) February 20, 2020
Horror author Stephen King saw the debate as a “breath of fresh air after Trump’s vapid tweets and the blatant ass-kissing of his cronies.”
Jesus hopping Christ, they’re really going at it. And no matter who you like, isn’t it a breath of fresh air after Trump’s vapid tweets and the blatant ass-kissing of his cronies? These guys—get ready for it—are actually smart.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 20, 2020
Comedy Central’s The Daily Show joked that Bloomberg should just pay Warren $1 million to “stop being mean to me.”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020
Catastrophe star Rob Delaney concluded that Bloomberg’s debate performance was close to catastrophic.
So debates don’t usually change people’s minds but holy Christ is Bloomberg shitting the bed & since his whole campaign is just theater, it will matter. Fuck him.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) February 20, 2020
Actor Adam Goldberg called Bloomberg a “fucking waste of space,” while John Cusack called the candidate an “asshole.”
Bloomberg is such a fucking waste of space here. If they had an extra podium they should’ve given it to Larry David.
— Kiss My @s (@TheAdamGoldberg) February 20, 2020
Comedian Billy Eichner captured Hollywood’s enthusiasm for Warren in three words and six emojis while former NBC News anchor Maria Shriver tweeted that Warren was “owning the stage and taking on everyone on it.”
ELIZABETH. FUCKING. WARREN. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 20, 2020
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) February 20, 2020
Actress Piper Perabo also cemented her support for Warren following the debate.
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) February 20, 2020
Actress Amber Tamblyn succinctly summarized the cringe factor of watching Bloomberg flounder on live TV.
Oh man. Bloomberg is just… not good at this. Yikes.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) February 20, 2020