As Donald Trump loyalists desperately attempted to overturn Biden’s election by storming and attacking the United States capitol on Jan. 6, various celebrities turned to social media to sift through and share their own reactions to the mob.
“January 6th, In the Year of Our Lord 2021…Such A Sad Day in The History of The United States of America,” wrote famed director, Spike Lee.
John Legend, a past target of Trump’s ire, Tweeted his own anger about the event.
“Anyone who voted for this tragic sh*tty narcissist mess of a president bears responsibility for this debacle today. He has shown you exactly who he was all along. You still supported him. You are complicit in the attempted destruction of the country. You are not a patriot,” Legend wrote.
The scathing criticism of Trump and his supporters reflected the frustration of others who saw the violent attack against Congress as an inevitable consequence of an administration that did little to dissuade supporters from believing various conspiracy theories. Most recently, Trump himself continued to demand that Biden’s victory had only been achieved through various forms of election fraud, a claim that has been repeatedly debunked.
As Ava Duvernay pointed out:
“The insurrectionist mob that stormed the Capitol at the president’s behest included GOP officials, far-right militants, white supremacists and adherents of the Q Anon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals,” she said.
“The Russians created chaos in the 2016 election by flooding our social media networks with misinformation and racial division. If this coup attempt isn’t dealt with harshly, America’s enemies will know they can weaponize white people to do their bidding without consequence,” added Jemele Hill.
As members of Trump’s own party attempted to distance themselves from those that stormed the Capitol, others cautioned about calling insurrectionists outliers.
“Something happened yesterday that made everybody see. The curtain was pulled back on another side of the American culture. I’ve been listening to all the senators talk and they say that’s not who we are as Americans, but it is. That half of the voting bloc that you say are Trumpians, that’s who were storming the walls of democracy,” explained Steve Harvey. “That’s who was hijacking the constitution that your forefathers wrote. And it was all at the urging of him. Him…his son…his lawyer. Rudy Giuliani used the term combat…They planted two pipe bombs. People died. This is not our America. It is. It’s just you saw it on television yesterday. It’s about time that they finally see what we’ve been knowing all along. This is the America we’ve been talking about. This is the America we’ve been protesting against.”