Meek Mill & Other Celebrities Respond to Trump’s National Emergency

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On Feb. 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency in the U.S. Government. This was done after Congress failed to reach an agreement over Trump’s border wall between Mexico and the U.S., a promise he made back when he began his run on the campaign trail years ago. Several celebrities chose to chime in with their opinions on this development.

Padma Lakshmi

The Top Chef host tuned in as Trump made the announcement. But Lakshmi clearly wasn’t a fan of what he had to say, making a dramatic declaration accompanied by a GIF of Frank from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Valerie Bertinelli

Hot in Cleveland actress and cooking show host Bertinelli commented on the issues surrounding public education in the U.S. as more pressing than the wall. She said, “this is the stupidest world we’re living in now.”

Yvette Nicole Brown

The former star of Community made a music request from the Twitterverse at large, asking for a remix of a comment Trump made during his speech. Brown referred to the president as “Tang,” a nod to his off-color tan.

Kathleen Madigan

Stand-up comedian Madigan tweeted an image that has been circulating the internet since Trump began campaigning for president. In it, a quote attributed to People Magazine credits Trump with calling Republicans “the dumbest group of voters in the country.” The quote has been rebuked by Snopes, but nevertheless, it persists.

Chelsea Clinton

As the a former first daughter and the daughter of Trump’s opponent in the 2016 Presidential election, Clinton frequently comments on his policies and statements. The Clinton Foundation chair advised Trump to focus on “a real national emergency,” referring to the children and families that have been separated at the border.

Seth MacFarlane

Not all Republicans are on Trump’s side when it comes to the state of emergency declaration. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane pointed this out in a tweet, noting that the controversial decision made by Trump is in violation of the Constitution.

Samantha Bee

While many late night comedians have their qualms with Trump, few are as direct with their anger as Samantha Bee. The Twitter account for her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, tweeted a GIF of the host herself holding up a power tool, with a caption that points out Trump’s own acknowledgment that declaring a national emergency was unfounded. Bee retweeted this on her personal account.

Stephen King

Famed horror novelist King has shown his disgust for Trump from the very beginning. He tweeted about the national emergency before it was put into effect. King suggested that this move was a calculated one on Trump’s part to take “a giant step toward a dictatorship” in the U.S.

Ron Perlman

Perlman, the star of films such as Hellboy and TV series Sons of Anarchy, joked about the use of the word “emergency” in Trump’s case.

Mike Schur

You may know Schur for his role on The Office as Mose, Dwight’s cousin. But the Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place creator is much more astute than his simple-minded character. Schur gave his opinion as to why Trump, who grew up wealthy, sees not getting his way as an emergency.

Meek Mill

At the same time that Trump was declaring the emergency, rapper Meek Mill took to Twitter. He encouraged his fans to ask him questions with the hashtag #askmeek. One Twitter user expressed that this didn’t seem like the right time for people to focus on asking a celebrity questions. Mill replied to this, saying, “That’s the other side of America … it’s been a nation emergency in my hood since I was born we used to it lol.”