Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration is just mere weeks away — and Hillary Clinton loyalists and loudmouth celebrities are revealing more plans for protesting the swearing-in of the next president of the United States.
Michael Moore, who has decided all of a sudden he doesn’t like government now that Trump is taking office and Obama is leaving, has perhaps been the most vocal in his plans to disrupt the inauguration of the next president of the United States.
“If by some awful happenstance Trump shows up to be sworn in on January 20th, I will be there helping lead the national protest and non-violently disrupting the inauguration of a man no one other than the electoral college elected — and I’ll also be doing my own thing as a private citizen (activities I won’t disclose now),” Moore wrote in an email to The Hollywood Reporter.
The email came after Moore tweeted out, “Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken — by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option.” Moore linked to a group called DisruptJ20, which promised on its website “a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.”
The group’s goal is to attempt to force the inauguration to happen “behind closed doors.”
Moore told The Hollywood Reporter he believed Trump may not even be sworn in — which brings the filmmaker’s potential actions that much more into question. “The question assumes [Trump] will be inaugurated. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this election, don’t assume anything that’s supposed to happen will.” He ended by saying, “All hands on deck! This is not a drill!”
He later revealed an action plan for his supporters on his Facebook page, with a five-step plan to remain opposed to Donald Trump. Included in the list were “attending the inauguration weekend protests” and “forming your own rapid response team.”
Besides Moore’s plans to soak up the free publicity on Inauguration Day, a concert is being planned that will also serve as a protest. The concert will take place in Miami, Florida, but its goal is drawing bigger crowds and ratings than the inauguration.
The event was originally reported by Politico. Concert promoter Mark Ross is said to be “in the process of putting together a large-scale concert called ‘We the People’ to directly compete with Donald Trump’s inauguration.” There are still no announced performers. However, rumored singers include such Hillary Clinton supporters as Katy Perry and Madonna.
Judd Apatow, Jane Fonda, and Tim Robbins are also participating in an event called “Love-a-Thon,” which will take place during the inauguration. It will be a Facebook Live event and will aim to raise money for both Planned Parenthood and Earthjustice, an environmental group. Organizers hope to raise a minimum of half a million dollars.
The event’s website says the money will aid “organizations that help fight for our most marginalized communities — and democratic norms — over the next four years.” It will be broadcast from New York City. It may sound charitable enough — but the chosen recipients of any money earned show that the event is obviously a political, attention-grabbing move.
“Trainwreck” actress Amy Schumer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, revealed she will be attending a protest march called Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration. “January 21 I’ll be there. Who’s coming with me?” she wrote on Instagram. The group says on its website it will “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
Considering Schumer was one of the celebrities to vow to leave the country if Trump won the presidency — only to later claim it was a joke — we’re not sure how seriously we can take her involvement in the march.
Rosie O’Donnell is also making noises but has less-solid plans for anti-inauguration activity. The comedian tweeted in all caps on Jan 1, “DONALD TRUMP IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE.” She added, “LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO STOP HIM AMERICA.” She did not say whether she would be attending any protests on Inauguration Day or the Women’s March on Washington — so how she specifically plans to “stop” Trump remains in question.
O’Donnell, however, has a history of discussing people’s mental health on Twitter. She had previously suggested Trump’s son, Barron, was autistic. After linking to a video that dissected the young boy’s behavior, O’Donnell defended her actions and used her suggestions as a platform to attack the president-elect. She later tweeted an apology. “I apologize to @MELANIATRUMP — i was insensitive in my RT — i am sorry for the pain i caused — it was not my intent — i am truly sorry.”
With these celebrities still so rabid over Trump’s soon-to-be presidency and the inauguration just weeks away, it will be intriguing to see how they respond once the president-elect is actually in office. With threats to stop him from being sworn in and vague statements about stopping him, many public figures like Moore and O’Donnell are clearly still in denial about the person chosen to run this country. With this kind of privileged and whiny acting-out before Trump is even in office, what will they do when he’s actually sitting in the Oval Office?