With millions of followers -both online and in the real world, there is no denying that celebrities are influential individuals. Often using their platforms to speak out on issues they care about, celebrities have the power to reach millions with their message. Though it is a controversial subject to discuss, countless celebrities have used their platforms to speak out about the 2016 election. Below are ten stars who have let America know which candidate has their support this November.
1) Blake Shelton
The country singer and NBC’s The Voice coach vocalized his opinion on Trump back in a July interview. When asked about his thoughts on Trump, Shelton stated, “I’m not going to have the political conversation with you about Trump, or about Hillary Clinton, but I will tell you this: whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don’t always have to be so afraid.” The singer was then asked if he will be voting for the Republican nominee, to which he responded, “I probably wish there was another option, but there’s not.” After the interview became public, many took from the interview that Shelton gave an endorsement for Trump. However, the country singer took to Twitter and set the record straight, letting his followers and the media know that he has not endorsed anyone for president and does not plan on doing so. Though Shelton later cleared up confusion regarding his statements, it was not the last he would hear about it.
2) Debra Messing
Following Shelton’s comments on Trump, actress Debra Messing took to Twitter, tweeting some not so nice words at Blake Shelton’s girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, regarding Donald Trump. She demanded Gwen to “talk to [her] man to not vote for the person who will STRIP [her] of [her] rights.” Though Messing eventually deleted her tweet to the singer, Blake still decided to send out his aforementioned tweet, dispelling any rumors of him endorsing Donald Trump. Messing later apologized to the couple, letting them and her followers know that her “passions got the better of her.”
3) Stacey Dash
A rarity in Hollywood, Dash is a known member of the conservative movement and, with that, has faced much backlash, both from the public and her fellow celebrities. Dash is a vocal Trump supporter and was scheduled to speak at the RNC, but did not for unknown reasons. As a result of her underrepresented views, the Clueless actor started up her own website and political movement–Dash America. Encouraging other conservatives in Hollywood to speak up, Dash stated that she believes we “must return to Reagan’s Hollywood, a time when movies were pro-America, pro-freedom, and pro-family values.”
4) Lena Dunham
The outspoken feminist has very openly supported Clinton throughout the election. Dunham cites a few of her reasons of support as being Clinton’s “commitment to reproductive health and rights,” believing Clinton “has gone beyond any politician [she has ever heard] in laying out white people’s responsibilities in ending racism, and her “plan to quell gun violence.” Dunham has hit the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton and also spoke at the DNC in July, remarking that Trump is “xenophobic,” “transphobic,” “Islamophobic,” and a “systematic racist.”
5) Scott Baio
The Happy Days actor has become increasingly vocal regarding politics and his affiliations. Baio spoke at the Republican National Convention in July, following an endorsement of Trump that came in March. Baio justified his position by stating that he likes “[Trump’s] proposals on reforming the tax code, building the wall, immigration, repealing Obamacare — dropping the corporate tax rate down, so bring some of that money back that’s out of the country back into the country.” Following both his endorsement of Trump and speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention, Baio has faced much backlash from both Hollywood and its spectators. When asked about the backlash, Baio said that, “these people think it bothers me. It doesn’t bother me. It’s laughable”.
6) Amy Schumer
A known liberal, comedian, and actress. Amy Schumer recently weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Schumer told Emily Maitlis of BBC’s Newswatch that she has never talked to someone opposed to Clinton that has had “anything meaningful to say.” Schumer also added that these people are “misinformed.”
7) Chrissy Teigen
Not a stranger to political Twitter rants, the former model has quite frequently opined her leftist views throughout the election. Teigen often sends tweets to the GOP nominee that are vulgar and explicit, displaying her views to her 2.6 million followers. One of the few tweets to not require several asterisks simply compared Donald Trump to American Psycho.
8) Sadie Robertson
Star of Duck Dynasty, Robertson admitted that she was, at first, not a Trump supporter. After considering his stances, she stated, “I guess I’m on the Trump train too now. I just feel like I align most with his beliefs and views and I trust him.”
9) Kerry Washington
Involved in politics both on and off screen, Washington has expressed her support for Clinton alongside other cast members from ABC television programs. Washington starred in a television ad titled “Real Life.” Within the commercial, Clinton was described as, “A bonafide, rolls up her sleeves, fights for what’s right, in it for you, won’t back down champion for all of us.”