Hollywood Reacts With Anger, Disgust During Second Presidential Debate
Twitter users called Donald Trump's pre-debate press conference immature, and applauded Anderson Cooper for addressing the Trump tapes.
Donald Trump's recently released lewd recording was the hot topic of Sunday's presidential debate, the second one of the general election.
Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off at Washington University in St. Louis, with CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz as moderators, beginning with questions about the tape released Friday.
Trump ramped up his attack against Clinton earlier Sunday, first with online posts referencing unsubstantiated sexual abuse claims against Bill Clinton, then by holding a press conference with three of Bill Clinton's sexual assault accusers, including Paula Jones — as well as a woman who's rapist was defended in court by Hillary Clinton when she was a young lawyer running a legal aid clinic — an hour before the debate on Sunday. Trump posted the event online with a Facebook Live video, calling it "debate prep."
Hollywood reacted with shock and disgust at the pre-debate event, some calling it a stunt, others posting images calling Trump immature. Online reactions continued with the opening moments of the debate, in which neither candidate moved to shake each other's hand.
Below are some of the reactions.
Pre-debate press conference antics:
Mr. Trump is cynically trying to pull all of us down to his level. But none of us can possibly stoop that low.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 10, 2016
Don't bring kids to this debate I think it's going to get vulgar & ugly If Trump has anything to do with it.— Michelle Rodriguez (@MRodOfficial) October 10, 2016
Trump doing his pre-debate prep. pic.twitter.com/whVXYON633— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 10, 2016
@kingsthings - remember u and donald discussing if i was fuckable - on your show larry king? 2007 ? i do— Rosie (@Rosie) October 10, 2016
I already feel gross! #debatenight— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) October 10, 2016
Not all of these women have accused Clinton of rape. Trump just trying to go down in flames and take all with him https://t.co/6nT3GOAyOP— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) October 10, 2016
Thanks. Realize now. The press conference made me apoplectic and I missed it, then went even MORE apoplectic. Sigh. G-d help us. https://t.co/mp3q4MR64f— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 10, 2016
As usual, Donald Trump has gotten himself in trouble and as usual, like an animal in a cage, all he knows how to do is throw his own feces.— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) October 10, 2016
When neither candidate went to shake hands:
No hand shake, or, as I guess the term is for Trump, hand grab. #debate— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 10, 2016
Good! Don't shake his tiny dirty little hand HRC! Don't know where it's been. #Debate— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) October 10, 2016
NO. SHAKE. Didn't even acknowledge he was there. OMAR COMIN'. #debates— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 10, 2016
You wouldn't shake that hand either.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 10, 2016
When Trump was asked about his released tapes, and Cooper and Raddatz held them each to their allotted time:
New Hero and Fun Halloween Costume Idea: MARTHA RADDATZ— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 10, 2016
Is Martha Raddatz winning this debate?— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 10, 2016
Get him Anderson! GET HIM!!! #DumpTrump— Pedro Pascal (@PedroPascal1) October 10, 2016
Anderson Cooper: "did you advocate assaulting women?"— Natalie Morales (@nataliemorales) October 10, 2016
Trump: "Yeah but ISIS" #debate
Locker room talk? You're not on a team. #Debates— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 10, 2016
Trump says 'just words, folks.' It's his accusation and his defence. Words don't matter. Facts don't matter. If they don't, we're all lost.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 10, 2016
'It's your fault I didn't pay taxes, Hillary. Women let you do anything when you're a star.'— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 10, 2016
"You bragged about sexually assaulting women. Do you understand that?"@andersoncooper— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 10, 2016
When Trump insisted that his hot mic tape was "locker room talk":
Locker room talk = things that sexual assaulters say?— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 10, 2016
"LOCKER ROOM TALK" is no excuse for misogyny & assault. The fact that you don't know this @realDonaldTrump makes you unfit to be President.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) October 10, 2016
When Trump says it's just "locker room talk," he's defending the very culture that normalizes sexual assaults on women.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 10, 2016
Sexual assault IS important stuff! If that is locker room talk then it should never happen.— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) October 10, 2016
Mod: "Have you committed sexual assault?"— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 10, 2016
Mod: "That's not what I..."
Hollywood slams Trump's policy and attacks on Clinton:
Trump: MY PLAN IS....SOMETHING! #debate— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) October 10, 2016
The GOP would love to repeal and replace Trump. #debate— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) October 10, 2016
Dear other countries, the views and opinions expressed by Trump are solely those of Trump and do not represent the views of the US. #debate— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) October 10, 2016
Trump is the king of empty sentences. No actual information. Like giving a presentation in class when u did none of the reading. #Debate— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) October 10, 2016
Trump to Muslims: "If u see hatred going on, u must report it." Ok, I'm reporting it. You are the source of the hate, Trump.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 10, 2016
Trump is doing his best "13 year old giving his oral presentation" after going to the principal the day before.— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 10, 2016
Trump lies about refugees. Here is the YEARS-LONG VETTING PROCESS refugees go through before being resettled into the United States. pic.twitter.com/cERC2oU2wb— John Green (@johngreen) October 10, 2016
"Don't walk off the stage. Just smile. Pence is quitting tomorrow." - What Hillary is writing down while Trump talks #debate— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 10, 2016
Sadly, I sat down 2 comedically tweet a #debate tonight, but I've never been so sad and depressed to see a man like Trump speak 4 my country— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 10, 2016
Trump is this close to saying "filthy Muslims." #debates— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 10, 2016
I want to cry the way Donald Trump talks about immigrants. Refugees. Muslims. What makes this country great is its diversity. Period.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) October 10, 2016
Hillary sounds like a thoughtful politician at a debate. Trump sounds like a drunk uncle at a pro wrestling pay-per-view. #Debate— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) October 10, 2016
"Please allow her to respond; she didn't interrupt you." - Anderson straight up stole this line from when I babysat once in '99 #debate— Nikki Glaser (@NikkiGlaser) October 10, 2016
Trump is up past his bedtime.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 10, 2016
hillary says she wants to get rid of dark money in our elections-HAHAHAHAH #CLINTONFOUNDATION— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 10, 2016
Trump - I have chosen 20 judges, they are beautiful- they have great legs.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 10, 2016
While I may not be able to moderate a debate, sounds like Mike Pence and Donald Trump might need to come on my show to talk things out.— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) October 10, 2016