Hollywood Celebrities Campaign Against 'Toxic Trump' Ahead of Midterms
Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Charlize Theron bash Trump in telethon
A group of liberal Hollywood celebrities has joined forces to lecture Americans on who they should vote for in the coming midterm elections.
The Trump-bashing stars coming out against their president include multi-millionaires such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, and Charlize Theron.
The celebrities are urging their fans to vote against the Republican President in what is seen as the most crucial test of Mr. Trump’s presidency to date.
All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives up for grabs in the election, along with 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate.
There's a risk that Donald Trump may lose control of the House due to his Democrats-opposed stance on controversial issues such as immigration, although Republicans are set to retain their majority vote in the Senate.
According to the Daily Mail, with some polls predicting a "devastating" night for Mr. Trump, the midterms could dictate the future of his presidency and his ability to push his political agenda through Congress.
And the opposition of traditionally liberal Hollywood stars could affect the outcome of the poll.
On Friday, Titanic actor DiCaprio called the midterms "the most important vote in history" and urged young voters and women to "come out in force" to oppose the President.
On Monday night, George Clooney, Charlize Theron, and Julia Roberts are expected to take part in a two-hour live "Telethon Across America" on Google-owned YouTube to encourage people, especially first-time voters, to cast their ballot against Mr. Trump.
TV talk show billionaire Oprah Winfrey and activist actress Jane Fonda have been going door-to-door in towns across America urging people to vote against Mr. Trump, described by Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein as ‘the toxicity in our system’.
Fonda, 80, famous for her anti-Vietnam War activism in the 1970s, said she hoped young people would recognize what was at stake.
She said: "More than any other that I can remember, this election is going to determine whether we can continue to call ourselves a democracy, whether we’re going to be able to live in a country of people that are different from each other and truly get along."
The mid-terms – so-called because they fall halfway through a President’s four-year stint in office – are widely viewed as a referendum on Mr. Trump’s policies, including his staunch anti-immigration stance.
On Friday, he told supporters that he was sending 15,000 US troops to the US-Mexican border to meet a caravan of migrants from Central America, which he compared to "an invasion" and revealed it "is full of violent criminals and gang members."
Mr. Trump has come under fire from the liberal media for his inflammatory rhetoric.
Celebrity backing has already been shown to have a significant effect on the campaign.
When pop star Taylor Swift endorsed Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen in her home state of Tennessee, polls showed nearly one million people cast an early ballot – almost tripling the number of voters who cast ballots ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections, despite Swift not being registered to vote herself.
Mr. Trump may yet enjoy a boost in the polls from record employment figures that were released on Friday, but he has also come under fire for imposing new sanctions against Iran.
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