Hollywood celebrities flew into an apoplectic rage on Friday after President Donald Trump commuted the 40-month prison sentence of Republican operative Roger Stone. A slew of entertainment figures accused the president of breaking the law, calling him a “criminal,” “disgrace,” and a “little stinker.”
The White House said in a statement late Friday that Stone was now a free man. “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the Trump Administration, with Russia.”
President Trump tweeted Saturday morning: “Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place. It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign – AND GOT CAUGHT!”
The commutation doesn’t change Stone’s conviction for making false statements during a 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
Stars including Rob Reiner, Alec Baldwin, Mia Farrow, Bette Midler, and Chelsea Handler expressed their disgust with President Trump in a series of angry tweets. But none mentioned the fact that President Barack Obama commuted more sentences than any other president in U.S. history, including Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence analyst who gave classified information to WikiLeaks.
Anti-Trump filmmaker Rob Reiner was positively livid on Friday. “You can free Stone, Flynn, fire prosecutors. It won’t help. You’re going down. You’re a Sociopath, a Criminal and a Moron. You’re gonna lose in a landslide then go to jail,” he tweeted.
You can free Stone, Flynn, fire prosecutors. It won’t help. You’re going down. You’re a Sociopath, a Criminal and a Moron. You’re gonna lose in a landslide then go to jail.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 11, 2020
Actor Alec Baldwin tweeted that he has “no doubt that there are other crimes Roger Stone may have committed.”
I have no doubt that there are other crimes Roger Stone may have committed.
And might be tried for.
After November 3rd.
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) July 11, 2020
Actress Bette Midler called the president a “little stinker” and Stone a “little shit.”
Donnie, you little stinker! So, you commutted #RogerStone’s sentence; and he’s such a shit! Boy, maybe you do have Covid, you can’t smell a thing! I guess he kept his mouth shut, huh? Well, you’re a true friend, especially to that group of toads, I mean bros, you hang with.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 11, 2020
Star Trek actor George Takei compared the president to the villain Voldemort from the Harry Potter novels.
Just heard that Voldemort released the Death Eaters from Azkaban, too. Frigging 2020.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 11, 2020
Actress Mia Farrow concluded that President Trump is only trying to protect himself by commuting Stone’s sentence.
Roger Stone lied to Congress, obstructed justice to protect Trump. So Trump is rewarding Stone’s refusal to testify against Trump – in other words Trump is protecting Trump. https://t.co/JypRjTOLHa
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 11, 2020
Author Stephen King tweeted that “every time you think the Orange Man has hit the gutter, he bounces lower.”
Trump has commuted Roger Stone's 40-month sentence. Every time you think the Orange Man has hit the gutter, he bounces lower.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 11, 2020
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill tweeted out a series of vomiting emojis in response to the Roger Stone news.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 11, 2020
Comedian Chelsea Handler sarcastically tweeted: “It’s Friday, which means it’s time to commute a convicted criminal’s sentence.”
It’s Friday, which means it’s time to commute a convicted criminal’s sentence. Have a great weekend.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 10, 2020
The West Wing star Bradley Whitford trotted out the Russia collusion conspiracy theory one more time.
It’s too bad @realDonaldTrump cares more about the sleaze ball who facilitated Putin’s interference on his behalf in our election than the US service men and women who Putin has put a bounty on.
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) July 11, 2020
Comedian Mike Birbiglia warned that President Trump will now attempt to “steal the election illegally this fall if we don’t stop him,”
The president will commute the sentence of criminals who lie to congress on his behalf and he will steal the election illegally this fall if we don’t stop him. Let’s get on our toes. This is very serious.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) July 11, 2020
Actress Amber Tamblyn declared Trump’s move “Blatant corruption. Commuting Roger Stone is less about Trump’s friendship with the conman, and more about how much he can get away with, right in front of us.”
Blatant corruption. Commuting Roger Stone is less about Trump's friendship with the conman, and more about how much he can get away with, right in front of us. If you choose him again in November, America, the joke's on you. https://t.co/yrL0JHRz6E
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) July 11, 2020