Damien Chazelle Joins Twitter to Slam "Loathsome" President Trump, Call for Impeachment

"Call on the GOP as passionately as possible: impeach this loathsome misogynist racist," the 32-year-old filmmaker tweeted Wednesday.
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Damien Chazelle

Twitter gained a new user Wednesday in the form of Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle, who made it immediately clear why he opened a new account: to challenge President Donald Trump, eventually calling for his impeachment. 

The 32-year-old fired off a series of 10 tweets straight out of the gate, showing that while he may be new to the game, he knows how to string together a statement using 140 characters or less. "Decided to join Twitter because I feel a responsibility to add my voice to the chorus," Chazelle tweeted from his new @DSChazelle. "The Trump administration is openly endorsing Nazism and white supremacy. It's that simple. We're living a historic moment. Things don't often come this clear-cut. Anyone in a position of power who stays silent is complicit."

He continued: "I hold out hope. That the GOP will come to its senses and call for impeachment. That voters lured by Trump's economic promises will finally wake up. And that we as a country will learn from this. That this moment will do away once and for all with 'politics don't affect me,' 'I don't feel like voting,' that the epic moral failure we're witnessing now will inspire a new activism. Might be naive. But in the meantime, I'm gonna try to do whatever I can. I gotta believe every little bit helps."

And on that note, the La La Land writer-director then encouraged his followers to donate to such causes as the Black Lives Matter movement, the ACLU, the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and Swing Left. (But even new users with Oscars have problems tagging the right accounts: Chazelle mistakenly included the handle for Bureau of Land Management instead of Black Live Matters. No worries, though. Chazelle then added the correct handle and a link to the movement's site

But that came after this tweet: "Call on the GOP as passionately as possible: impeach this loathsome misogynist racist." 

Chazelle's tweets come less than a day after Trump held a press conference when he again placed blame for the riots and violence in Charlotesville, Va., on "both sides" rather than denounce white nationalists outright. Trump's comments have been challenged by many including fellow politicians, civil and human rights organizations and Hollywood insiders

He made the most of his first day on Twitter, too. Chazelle, who kept his Twitter bio short by listing his filmography (La La Land, Whiplash and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), then posted another series of tweets all about free speech, something he admitted that he had "been thinking about."

"I grew up partly in a country (France) where, for example, it's illegal to publicly deny the Holocaust," Chazelle tweeted. "That kind of curb on free speech might not be palatable here in the States. Even if it were, might be very much the wrong approach. But let's be clear: we live in a country where right now only white men enjoy the privilege of unfettered free speech. How many white supremacists were arrested in Charlottesville? 4. How many protestors were arrested in Ferguson? 155. THAT is the state of free speech in America today."

The Washington Post reported that 155 people were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., in a series of protests and unrest in August 2014 following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Most of those arrests were for "failure to disperse," the paper wrote. Reports about the arrests in Charlottesville range from three to four people detained. 

Chazelle spent the rest of his first day on Twitter retweeting other users, mostly journalists like The Atlantic's Adam Sewer and Mother Jones' Aaron Wiener. He also shared content from Vice and Pro Publica. The filmmaker did more than tweet, though. He's known to be in the thick of preproduction in Atlanta where he'll be shooting his next film, the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. 

A sampling of Chazelle's tweets are below.