Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was one of the most unforgettable in U.S. history. Full of controversy and scandal, many people hated him so much that they vowed to leave the United States and go to another country if he became president. Though Trump won the presidency, the many celebrities who vowed to flee America have yet to do so.
Have They Possibly Changed Their Minds About Trump?
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Since Donald Trump was officially elected to office, a lot of A-list celebrities who were once so vocal about his candidacy have now taken back and altered their opinions. The flip-flopping opinions in regards to President Trump have been under speculation, leaving many to wonder how they really feel about our new Commander-in-Chief.
Omarosa was a contestant on the first season of Trump’s reality television show The Apprentice and later appeared on Celebrity Apprentice after spinning her previous appearance into fame. Omarosa was affiliated with the Democratic Party until 2015.
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She later became a Republican and came out in support of Trump who named her his director of African-American outreach. She defended Trump from accusations of misogyny on CNN saying, “Donald Trump does not have a woman problem… Yes, he’s said things off the cuff, but to take them and use them and try to apply them to all women, just because he doesn’t like Rosie O’Donnell, doesn’t mean he hates all women.”
American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken moved from one reality show to the other when he also appeared on Trump’s The Apprentice back in 2012. Although Aiken disagreed with Trump’s politics the run for the presidency (Aiken allegedly was in support of Clinton during the election), Aiken was still quick to defend the then-presidential-candidate who ended up firing him off The Apprentice.
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At the time, Aiken has gone on the record as saying that Donald Trump was actually “a nice guy” and even told Fox Business that he didn’t think Trump was a “fascist” or “racist,” and that he was more like that “uncle who gets drunk at the wedding and embarrasses you… You still love him, but you’d wish [he’d] shut up.”
Aiken Was Sorely Mistaken
As quickly as he defended Trump, Aiken took back his kind words about him. After Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence that occurred during the white power rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—which resulted in the death of a counter-protestor—many people were outraged. Clay Aiken took to Twitter hours after Trump’s official statement to express his dismay.
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“Remember all those times I defended @realDonaldTrump and believed he was not actually racist? Well… I am a [expletive] dumbass. #imsorry,” Aiken tweeted to his followers. Aiken added, “I’ve always thought he would be a dumpster fire as a president, and I was right about that. I just didn’t think he was racist. #wrong.” Aiken also made it a point to note that he didn’t even vote for the President-elect.
Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana said that she’s been humbled by Trump’s presidential victory. While she’s not a fan of the businessman-turned-reality-television-persona, she thinks that Hollywood helped him grab the win and she acknowledges his success. “I’m learning from [Trump’s victory] with a lot of humility,” she said in an AFP interview.
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Saldana added, “We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies.” She remains hopeful that America won’t backslide on all the progress that’s been made since racial desegregation while Trump is in office, and encourages others to accept him as their elected President.
Why Saldana Has Faith In Donald Trump
Following Trump’s win, Saldana appeared on Al Punto with Univision’s Jorge Ramos. She told Ramos, “I have faith in him because he is the president of my nation and I wasn’t raised to prefer one person over another. I was raised to be an American and to give my duty and my respect to America, which is why I’m going to give him the respect he deserves until the other shoe drops, how we Dominicans say.”
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Saldana also said that she’s not going to leave the U.S. just because of the new president. She went on to add, “I think it’s my duty as an American to stay here, and see what happens: to unite my voice and my job and my actions to all the people who are trying to push forward, because if I leave in reality I’m not going to be helping this country to continue progressing. I think this country has been successful because those who’ve stayed have kept fighting.”
Mike Ditka was seen as being pretty chummy with Democrats, even presenting Barack Obama (who he very nearly ran against in the 2004 Senate election for an open seat in Illinois for the U.S. Senate) with a personalized Chicago Bears jersey back in 2011. Ditka also appeared in an ad for Democratic governor Pat Quinn when he ran for re-election in Illinois.
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Still, Ditka considers himself to be a conservative and, despite occasionally showing a more liberal side, ultimately ended up supporting Donald Trump in 2016. He told the Chicago Tribune “I think that he has the fire in his belly to make America great again and probably do it the right way.”
Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker seems to have gone soft on Donald Trump. On January 16, 2017, he announced that he’d be in attendance at Trump’s inauguration just four days later—an event many other politicians were boycotting. A staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, Booker has even urged colleagues not to approve Trump’s appointment for attorney general, fellow Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions is widely regarded as racist.
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Booker defended his decision to attend in a statement. “Barack Obama will be up there, handing off the reins of our country and I feel … it’s important for us to be up there. This doesn’t mean I agree with Donald Trump,” he said.
Stacey Dash was a vocal Barack Obama supporter in the 2008 presidential election. Despite her liberal tendencies, however, she switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 2012, endorsing Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Many expected Trump winning the nomination to send Stacey dashing back to the left, but that didn’t happen.
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Instead, Dash openly supported Donald Trump and said that he is a “great businessman” who “has the Rolodex to get to the people around the world who make the decisions.” She also tweeted a photo of herself standing in front of the White House offering her support to Trump.
Gary Busey is not someone who people really expected to endorse Donald Trump considering that a few years ago he was swiftly fired from the fourth season of Trump’s reality television show The Celebrity Apprentice. Surprisingly, Gary Busey not only supported Donald Trump in the recent election but he had also previously supported him back in 2011.
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The actor shared his support of the man who “fired” him on reality TV, telling Fox411, “He’s a great guy. He’s sharp. He’s fast. He can change the country after the last eight years.” It looks like there are no hard feelings between Busey and Trump!
Kid Rock is an outspoken, self-identified libertarian. Despite his support for libertarianism, which is often in conflict with the more conservative stances of the GOP, Kid Rock endorsed Donald Trump in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying that he’s “digging Trump.”
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Kid Rock praised Trump’s campaign as being entertaining. He said that Trump, a businessman, should be allowed to run the United States as a business. Despite the endorsement, he did not support Trump during the Republican primaries, and instead supported nominee Ben Carson. He only voiced his support for Donald Trump when Trump won the GOP nomination over Carson.
Gene Simmons has long made his political opinions known. He does not seem to have any particular political party affiliation, instead voicing his support for specific issues or candidates rather than throwing his support to a political party.
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Simmons previously supported George W. Bush’s foreign policy and approved of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Despite this, Simmons later supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election, voting for the Democratic candidate. Simmons is not a native-born American and wrote on his website that he loves and supports the United States adding, “if you have a problem with America, you have a problem with me.”
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The Kiss member later regretted his support of Barack Obama, denouncing the 2009 health care reforms which brought about the Affordable Care Act. One of Trump’s big promises during his presidential campaign was to repeal the ACA, which may have been what led Simmons to tell Rolling Stone that Donald Trump is “good for the political system.”
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He also supported Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, stating that even the Vatican has a wall to keep people from entering. He added, “Trump is not a politician. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind…whether you like it or not.”
Some of the many celebrities who have opposed Donald Trump include famous names who were so fearful of a Trump presidency that they claimed they would leave the country should he win the election. Comedian and actress Amy Schumer told BBC,”It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s just too crazy.”
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Schumer swore that she would move to Spain if Trump won the election. So far, however, she has not announced any plans to move to Spain or to any other country. With her career on the rise, it seems highly unlikely that Schumer, one of Hillary Clinton’s most vocal supporters, will actually leave the United States.
A Democratic Family
It is no surprise that Amy Schumer was such a strong opponent of Donald Trump. Liberal politics runs in her family. Schumer is a second cousin of Chuck Schumer, a New York senator from the state of New York and a member of the Democratic Party.
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Despite her family ties and her strong opposition to a Trump presidency, however, Schumer still has not left the country. She later retracted her statement, following Trump’s presidential victory. After the results were announced, Schumer claimed her vow to move to Spain was nothing but a joke and that she will be remaining in America.
Chelsea Handler, host of the self-titled Netflix show Chelsea, had also previously announced that she would move to Spain should Donald Trump win the presidential election. The outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter was devastated after Trump’s win, crying at the results of the election.
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She announced on her show that she would not be leaving the country, saying “It’s so easy to say throw in the towel and that we’re going to leave or I’m going to move to Spain, because I want to move to Spain. I really, really want to move to Spain right now. And everyone in my office is like, ‘You have a responsibility, you have a voice and you need to use it and you have to be there.'”
Whoopi Goldberg, one of the hosts of the show The View, has been very outspoken about her dislike for Donald Trump. In spite of this, however, she claims that people who thought she said she would leave the country should Trump become president had misunderstood her comments.
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On an episode of The View, Goldberg spoke about her dislike for Trump and many of his policies with which she disagreed. She disapproved of the sort of country she believed Trump would create, adding “I don’t think that’s America. I don’t want it to be America. Maybe it’s time for me to move.”
Following Trump’s win, Goldberg told her viewers that she had been “incorrectly lumped in” with those who said they would leave the country following a Donald Trump presidency. She said on The View, “I’m sorry to disillusion you, but I’m not leaving the country that I was born and raised in,” Goldberg said.
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“My family spent years trying to get the vote and trying to do all the things that we as Americans are allowed to do. We’re allowed to protest. We’re allowed to stand up and say we disagree. You don’t get to tell me that I’m going. You don’t get to make that decision for me. I’m staying.”
Hillary Clinton fans were disappointed when actor Dean Cain came out in favor of Donald Trump. The former star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman had previously said to The Hollywood Reporter that he was “not a Trump guy,” supporting Ted Cruz as the Republican nominee.
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When Ted Cruz lost the Republican nomination to Donald Trump, however, Dean Cain changed his tune. He appeared on an episode of Fox & Friends, saying, ”I’m not voting for Bernie Sanders and I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton, so I guess that makes me a Trump guy. There are a lot of things Superman can do, but it looks like sticking to his word is not one of them.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
While Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg previously told the New York Times, “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president… Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,” she has vehemently denied claims that she is retiring. Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton.
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Moving to New Zealand would not be a smart way to oppose Trump, as leaving for another country and retiring from her position would free up a Supreme Court position and allow Trump to appoint someone of his choosing as a replacement.
The pop sensation is notorious for her off-beat style and often outrageous comments. Miley Cyrus did not exactly shock her fans when she opposed a Donald Trump presidency. She was quite outspoken about her dislike for the Republican candidate, claiming on an Instagram post that she would not support him.
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The post read: “My heart is broken into a 100000 pieces…I am moving if this is my president! I don’t say things I don’t mean!” Miley Cyrus still has not left the country, although rumors do abound that she will move to Australia with her fiancé Liam Hemsworth.
Why Miley Finally ‘Accepted’ Donald Trump
Following Trump’s victory, Miley Cyrus finally conceded and accepted America’s new fate. As a celebrity who was incredibly vocal in support of Hillary, she had no choice but to relent and hope for a bright future with the new president-elect. She posted an emotional video on Twitter saying, “Donald Trump, I accept you.”
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Cyrus went on to emphasize, “And this hurts to say, but I even accept you as the President of the United States, and that’s fine, that’s fine because I think now I want to be a hopeful hippie [refrencing her non-profit, The Happy Hippie Foundation]. But please just treat people with love and treat people [with] compassion and treat people with respect and I will do the same for you.”
Another one of the hosts of The View, Raven-Symoné said that she would move to Canada if Donald Trump—or any other Republican—won the presidential election. She said on the show “My confession for this election is if any Republican gets nominated, I’m going to move to Canada with my entire family. I already have my ticket.”
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So far, there have been no reports of the actress and singer leaving the country. Raven recently announced that she will be starring in a revival of her hit Disney channel show, “That’s So Raven.” It’s unlikely that the series would be filmed in Canada, so she will probably stick around.
Lena Dunham Says “Nevermind”
the 2016 election was the most contentious of our time, and as Trump’s campaign gained steam, many celebrities made statements in which they vowed to leave the country if the mogul was elected president. Among these stars was Girls creator, Lena Dunham.
But when the “unthinkable” happened, many were left wondering if those some celebrities would follow through with their statements. Although Dunham has been steadfast in her distaste for the president-elect, she did change her mind about leaving the country. She has not moved and has been public about her thoughts on the president, even comparing him to terrorist Dylann Roof in September 2017. “Not only is he a racist, but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness,” Dunham said. “So under different circumstances, he’s Dylann Roof.”
On a segment of Fox & Friends Weekend, Pete Hegseth called out the celebrities who did not follow through on their promise to leave the country. Among the celebrities who did not move are Cher, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Sienna Miller, and Lena Dunham.
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None of these stars have confirmed any plans to move to another country, leading Hegseth to brand their empty threat as yet another example of “Hollywood duplicity.” Many of those who threatened to leave probably did not imagine Trump would actually win the presidency. Or, perhaps, they simply changed their minds and have reconciled themselves to the outcome of the election.
Typically, people are not exactly the biggest fans of their ex-husbands, particularly when they were involved in a highly publicized divorce after which their spouse married a younger woman. That is not true for Ivana Trump, who seems to have reconciled with her ex-husband, Donald Trump, and in fact seems to be supportive.
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She held a luncheon in support of Donald Trump’s campaign. Ivana may have lost her chance at being First Lady, but it appears there are no hard feelings there. The New York Times reported that Ivana Trump has “issued unequivocal support for her former husband.”
Robert Kraft, Owner Of New England Patriots
The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, previously supported Donald Trump. Kraft even gave him a Super Bowl LI ring and donated a whopping $1 million to Trump’s campaign and inauguration. But that all changed after Trump’s comments in September of 2017 when he said that NFL owners should fire any player who kneels during the pledge of allegiance.
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Kraft responded in a statement saying, “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Tom Brady Stands With His Teammates
Along with the owner of the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady is pulling his support of Trump. Brady had previously backed Trump, even saying he considers him a friend. But Trump’s remarks against the NFL players who peacefully protested in September 2017 rubbed him the wrong way too.
Brady commented, “Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive. Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me.
Country singer Loretta Lynn has taken a lot of progressive and controversial stances in her time. While she has supported Republican presidents like George H.W. Bush, she has also visited the White House several times throughout her career while both Democrats and Republicans held the office.
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Loretta Lynn has had many liberal songs banned, such as a song which praised birth control for liberating women. Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which seemed to indicate that she was more left-leaning. She announced her support of Donald Trump to Reuters, saying that “he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around.”
The Golden State Warriors
After a team wins the NBA Championships, it’s customary for them to be invited to the White House. When the Golden State Warriors won the championship in 2017, however, star player Stephen Curry said that he didn’t care to pay a visit to the White House with Trump in office. In response, Trump tweeted, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
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After which, Golden State Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber chose to stand by his team and also refuse to visit the White House. ” [Trump] has made it clear we are not invited. And that’s the team I’m on. Me is two letters in team, so I’m with them,” said Guber.
The NFL Office
The NFL didn’t take Trump’s comments lightly, as he tweeted throughout an entire weekend, bashing the football league and saying it’s ratings and attendance is struggling too. CNN reached out to the front office of the NFL. A source responded with, “What you just saw was a variety of responses with the theme of unity. All across the league, owners, coaches and players came together to decide what was best for them. If Trump thought he could divide the NFL, he was wrong.”
That didn’t stop Trump from sending out more tweets, including, “Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”
Anthony Scaramucci only lasted for two weeks under the Trump Administration. The White House hired him as the communications director, but soon after he started the position, he spoke out against Trump and members of the administration in a harsh tirade that quickly got him fired.
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“They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work,” Scaramucci said. “I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go [expletive] themselves.” He then proceeded to rip on Steve Bannon and others. Trump commented, saying his brash outspoken opinion was inappropriate. Even though Scaramucci said he still supported the Trump agenda, Trump fired him, and now he’s out of a job.
White House Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus
In July of 2017, another member of the White House staff was let go. This time it was White House Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus. Ironically, soon before he was let go, he commented on Spicer resigning. He told Fox News, “Really, sometimes a fresh start’s a good thing. It is good to start fresh. So Sean gets to start fresh, Anthony gets to start fresh and most importantly, the president gets to start fresh, and I think that’s a good thing.”
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Once Priebus knew that he would be leaving, he thought he would be able to make the announcement and a graceful exit. However, Trump had other ideas. Instead, Trump fired him while sitting on the tarmac in Air Force One. Preibus was seen departing the plane in the pouring rain, getting into a car, and leaving his job for good.
The former Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley might seem like an unlikely Trump supporter. An Indian-American, she comes from a family of immigrants and garnered attention nationwide for her fight to have the Confederate flag removed from the state capitol building following the Charleston massacres in 2015. During the presidential campaign, she was keenly critical of Trump, his demeanor, and his proposed policies.
Fast forward to November 2016, and Ms. Haley had accepted the position of Ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration. She explained her decision thusly: “When the president believes you have a major contribution to make to the welfare of our nation, and to our nation’s standing in the world, that is a calling that is important to heed.”
Kanye West Deletes Pro-Trump Tweets
Kanye West isn’t exactly known for his uncontroversial ways. But the rapper got political when he announced his support for none other than Donald Trump in late 2016. The Grammy-award winning artist even met with the now-commander-in-chief during the election where Trump said he and Kanye have been good friends for years.
While we’re not sure if Kanye has had a true change of heart about the president-elect, it’s pretty strange that all of his previous tweets mentioning Trump have been deleted. The artist has been hush-hush about anything Trump-related since December 2016.
Aaron Carter was one of Donald Trump’s earliest supporters. But the star best known for teeny-bopper hits like “How I Beat Shaq” and “I want Candy” withdrew his support two months after announcing that the GOP candidate would have his vote in the 2016 election.
The star took to Twitter to make his withdrawal announcement saying, “I have decided I will not be voting for Donald Trump. I’ve seen a lot and to ME. it’s just something I can’t take part in. Too many reasons.” He later tweeted, “As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else—American.”
In early 2016, Kirstie Alley made headlines when she announced her controversial endorsement for Donald Trump. She took to Twitter saying, “HELLO BOYS! this is my formal endorsement of @realDonaldTrump & I’m a woman! (last I checked) And Rudy, U R amazing!”
While the Look Whose Talking actress was in full support of Trump in the early days of his campaign, she pulled her support for the now-president-elect in October 2016. Alley tweeted, “I hate this election and I’m officially no longer endorsing either candidate.”
Willie Robertson Wasn’t Always a Trump Supporter
When Willie Robertson announced he was backing Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election, exactly zero people were surprised. The Duck Dynasty star isn’t exactly liberal and makes his right-leaning opinions known on the A&E show.
But the actor wasn’t always a Trump supporter. At the beginning of the presidential campaign, Robertson was a supporter of Governor Bobby Jindal. Robertson even went as far to make a Bobby Jindal fundraising pitch via email in June 2015, saying, “Bobby is a great man. He’s a godly man. He’s honest, and so I’d like to see if he makes a run at it, and, you know, if so, we’ll definitely be trying to help him out.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger Thinks We Should Stop Whining
Arnold Schwarzenegger came out against Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election saying that he could in way shape or form vote for him. But after the unthinkable happened, Schwarzenegger changed his mind…well, sort of.
The Terminator star and former governor of California appeared on the Today show where he changed his tune. Although he doesn’t agree with many of Trump’s views, Schwarzenegger was not joining the resistance. He told Today host Matt Lauer that the American people needed to come together to support Trump and that we need to “stop whining.”
Russell Simmons Tells Trump to “Wake Up”
In the months immediately preceding the 2016 presidential election, Russell Simmons was vocal about his distaste for Donald Trump. But just a few years ago, the musical entrepreneur and Def Jams co-founder was good friends with the now-president-elect.
While Simmons did not vote for Trump, the two had a close friendship for years prior to the election. The two were so close that Simmons was a guest at Trump’s wedding to Melania in 2005. The chummy photo of the two men above is a far cry from their strained relationship today. Simmons even went as far to write an open letter to trump in 2017 in which he said, “Wake the [expletive] up,’ you’re better than this.”