Elections 2020: President Trump Makes Bigger Fool and Loser of Himself than We Had Thought

Hollywood Protests Trump Speech Throwing Election Integrity in Doubt: "Stunning, Unhinged, Breathtaking"

Hollywood Protests Trump Speech Throwing Election Integrity in Doubt: “Stunning, Unhinged, Breathtaking”

Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Natasha Rothwell were among the industry figures resisting the president’s remarks: “There is not a single shred of evidence to anything Trump is claiming.”

Hollywood figures quickly protested President Trump’s speech throwing American election integrity into doubt on Thursday, saying it was “come-to-life toilet spew” and “stunning, unhinged, breathtaking” as the presidential race was still too close to call.

In the speech on Thursday afternoon from the White House, Trump repeated false claims that there were “illegal” votes in the 2020 presidential contest and that he had won the election. He said that Republicans were pulling ahead “despite historic election interference from big media, big money, big tech” and that pollsters “got it knowingly wrong.” He added that pollsters’ erroneous work was “suppression.”

The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo tweeted after the 3:30 p.m. PT address, “There is not a single shred of evidence to anything Trump is claiming. It’s all lies and it’s not going to go anywhere with the courts he has lost all but one lawsuit because he has no credible claims.” He added, “Trump just whined, then lied, then whined, then lied,  and then ran away. #TrumpMeltdown.”

His Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star Chris Evans also expressed contempt for the falsehoods in Trump’s speech: “Wow. Hey Republicans, are you listening to this come-to-life toilet spew complete lies about the integrity of our democratic process?” he tweeted.

Frequent Trump critic Michael Moore called the speech “stunning, unhinged, breathtaking.” He tweeted, “Wild accusations. Saying ‘Detroit’ the way White people do. A danger to America & the world, a menace to society. The next time you see him, his name will be Lame Duck. Quack.”

Beauty and the Beast actor Josh Gad added, “He began by calling Mexicans rapists. How did you think it would end?”

Insecure actor and comedian Nasha Rothwell expressed her condolences for comedian Sarah Cooper, who gained renown for her Trump impressions: “My heart goes out to @sarahcpr should she tackle this stream of consciousness shitshow,” she said.

The Daily Show poked fun at Trump’s dark remarks about Philadelphia, tweeting, “.@realDonaldTrump please DM, we have FRESH evidence from West Philadelphia that a couple of guys are up to no good, starting to make trouble in the neighborhood.” And Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. tweeted several times after the speech, joking, “Homie cut the Post Office off at the knees, then turned around and said ‘All these ballots coming in late’ Amazing.” He later tweeted that Trump wanted the vote-counting process to resemble a “sammich shop where we you see ya ballot moving on down the line and going through the voting machine like that oven w/ the window.”

Some media outlets, including ABC, NBC, MSNBC and USA Today, stopped airing his remarks mid-speech. “President Trump, without evidence, claimed the presidential election was corrupt and fraudulent.

We stopped the livestream of his remarks early and have removed the video from all of our platforms,” USA Today editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll tweeted.

“We have to interrupt here, because the president has made a number of false statements, including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting,” said NBC’s Lester Holt. “There has been no evidence of that.” After MSNBC cut away from Trump, anchor Brian Williams said, “Here we are again in the unusual position of not only interrupting the president of the United States but correcting the president of the United States.”

Though CNN kept Trump’s speech on the air, anchor Jake Tapper said afterward,  “Lie after lie after lie. Pathetic.”

The speech was received with indignation and incredulity by news anchors Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, who compared the president to “an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over.”