Democratic presidential hopefuls always seem to have it easy. With liberal celebrities fawning over their every move, campaign funds pour in as fast as their growing list of Twitter followers.
As if a biased media weren’t enough, conservative candidates need to somehow appear glamorous to an increasingly superficial nation. But how can they exude “cool” when celebs almost always give Republicans the cold shoulder?
Well, ask Donald Trump.
Having won another two primaries in Michigan and Mississippi, the conservative frontrunner is on the fast track to the nomination despite opposition by party leaders.
A quite flashy celebrity himself, Trump doesn’t face the problem of relevance. But he does get to enjoy the added pressure of nearly every celebrity speaking out against him.
Perhaps the candidate had it coming. Trump has experienced quite a few run-ins with leftist entertainers over the years, so it’s no surprise that Rosie O’Donnell called him a “nightmare,” or that filmmaker Michael Moore posted a lengthy diatribe to Trump’s Facebook page.
But now the big Super Tuesday winner is facing criticism from some of the most influential, highly visible celebs in the business, both young and old.
George Clooney, a Hillary supporter, referred to The Donald as a “xenophobic fascist.”
Beloved author J.K. Rowling compared him to the arch-villain of her Harry Potter series, but claims her evil character is “nowhere near as bad.”
Popular entertainers like Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Shakira, Demi Lovato, and Louis C.K. have all publicly denounced the candidate.
The icing on the cake came a week ago when wacky Miley Cyrus claimed via Instagram that she’d “leave the country” if Trump were elected president.
With nearly every racial, ethnic, and age group covered, these celebrities are on a mission to wreck Trump—if only through the press. So what’s a candidate to do if he can’t score a picture next to Beyoncé like Hillary? You muster up as many closet conservative celebs as you can.
Here are some of the big name celebs who have backed Trump for president.
The heavyweight champ is a pop culture icon known to generations young and old alike thanks to his appearances in film and television. When interviewed back in October of 2015, Tyson clearly supported Trump, saying, “Let’s try something new. Let’s run America like a business where no colors matter.”
The eccentric basketball star has always surprised Americans with his questionable involvement in politics (remember that trip to North Korea?). But Dennis Rodman’s stance for 2016 is obvious, having tweeted to Donald back in July: “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016.”
Madcap actor Gary Busey has always boasted his conservative leanings, and he’s proven quite vocal this campaign season. When asked about Trump, his former “boss” on The Celebrity Apprentice, the funnyman told Fox News, “I know him personally. I know him professionally…He can change the country after the last 8 years.”
With a public personality as loud and over-the-top as The Donald’s, Hulk Hogan fits right into the Trump arena. In fact, the wrestling icon has publicly declared, “I want to be Trump’s running mate!” Hogan has always spoken in support of Republicans, backing Mitt Romney last election cycle.
In recent interviews, the media has tried to corner the Patriots quarterback into an official endorsement for Trump following a slew of positive remarks, including his description of Donald as a “good friend.” With many sponsorships on the line, Brady has been reticent.
But that’s exactly what Trump advised: “I told him not to…[he] may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me. They may be liberal. They may be something, and I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.”
Notorious conservative Ted Nugent stands firmly with Trump. The singer explained what makes the candidate so attractive to tired Americans: “He calls them like he sees them. That’s refreshing to millions of Americans who believe political correctness is a public cancer that has eroded free speech—and everything else good about America.” Nugent went so far as to say Trump deserves the Medal of Freedom.
Terrell Owens had a lackluster performance on The Celebrity Apprentice, but Trump must have made a strong impact on the former athlete. “This may be what the country needs, and Trump—he is a guy who will not put up with BS and has what it takes to change how government is run,” Owens proudly boasted. “Trump…YOU ARE HIRED!”
The 24-year-old female rapper isn’t as widely known as other Trump supporters, but her February 2016 endorsement was a surprising announcement.
Azealia Banks is a powerful voice in hip hop, so she made sure to apologize for her conservative leanings despite firmly backing Trump: “I think that I’m ready to admit that I’m going to vote for Donald Trump.” And in another tweet, “I think Trump is the only one who truly has the balls to bust up big business. Hillary is too tied in with them and Bernie has no clout.”