"Nancy Pelosi’s stink eye is EVERYTHING!!!!!" tweeted Andy Cohen, while Albert Brooks wondered, "When does he thank Russia?"
Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and Hollywood was tuning in. Many stars took to social media to live-tweet the #SOTU, responding in real-time to the various points Trump made throughout his hour-plus speech.
As you might expect, most of them weren't all that impressed.
The stars probably found the time to write their tweets during the near-constant applause and standing ovations from the Republicans in attendance. Democrats, meanwhile, were at best completely stoic. Others, like Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, could barely hide the disdain on their faces. Like a bad reality show, cameras kept cutting to Democrats at key points in the speech as if to point out how displeased they were with Trump's words, and the Republican enthusiasm to each and every one of them.
He set of a string of boos from Democrats in attendance when he started talking about immigration. "My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber is to defend Americans -- because Americans are dreamers too," Trump said, which some equated to saying #AllLivesMatter in response to #BlackLivesMatter. Dreamers is a term that has come to be associated with immigrants.
Trump touched on several of his key political issues, including terrorism, health care, employment and North Korea. He notably made no mention of Russia, and even managed to get the phrase "beautiful black coal" trending on its own.
Many weighing in from Hollywood weren't buying what Trump was trying to sell, but a few conservative actors applauded the president. See the reactions, point by point, below.
"For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities," the president said. "They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives."
He misrepresented the current immigration policies, saying, "Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives," Trump said. "Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children. This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future."
Dreamers should not be used as a bargaining chip or held hostage in exchange for anti-immigrant policies. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/Ovo43EqSCt— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 31, 2018
#SOTU what are you doing about all of the white domestic terrorists who have killed more Americans in 2017 than any foreign terrorists?— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) January 31, 2018
Made in the USA 🇺🇸! #MAGA— Antonio Sabáto Jr (@AntonioSabatoJr) January 31, 2018
There’s evil genius in rebranding “family reunification” to the dehumanizing, infestation-sounding “chain migration.”— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 31, 2018
See also: citizens united, which is the beautiful way to say “the rich get to own all of politics”
"One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States,” Trump said in his speech. “That is why I have directed my Administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down."
If President Trump wants to lower the price of prescription drugs, he should stop trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and instead build on it. #SOTU— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) January 31, 2018
Prescription drugs are one of the leading costs for Americans in this country, especially for older Americans. Instead of acting to reduce these costs and hold companies accountable, they put a former pharmaceutical executive in the Cabinet. #SOTU— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 31, 2018
As he told Jay-Z directly in a tweet, President Trump said, "African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded." He added that Hispanic unemployment was also at an all-time low, but still the Congressional Black Caucus remained unimpressed.
While the president's statistics are factually correct, lawmakers -- and many others -- take issue with him taking credit for it, as if it's a result of his policies. The fact is that black unemployment has been on the decline since 2011, along with most other unemployment figures.
What you didn’t hear Trump mention in the #SOTU: his proposed cuts to health care, housing and food assistance disproportionately harm communities of color #HandsOff pic.twitter.com/KaVzxZPoyI #StateOfTheDream— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 31, 2018
"BEAUTIFUL CLEAN COAL"
"We have ended the war on American Energy-and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal. We are now an exporter of energy to the world," Trump said. While the comment itself left some fact-checkers scratching their heads, as the U.S. has been an energy exporter for decades.
There is no war on American energy. America should lead on clean energy! Smart leaders are tapping into this unprecedented opportunity. Doesn’t @RealDonaldTrump know that US solar jobs are growing 17X the average job growth? #SOTU— Al Gore (@algore) January 31, 2018
(Orson Welles voice) Beautiful, clean coal. #SOTU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2018
Trump doesn't want us to get rid of coal because then WHAT WILL HE GET FOR CHRISTMAS? #SOTU— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 31, 2018
Coal is a dying industry. Just as a reminder. Trump can't bring it back. Typically, a president in 2018 would talk about the new frontier of green energy or some other forward-looking idea. #SOTU— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 31, 2018
Make America Great Again
Plenty of celebrities made an evening of just laughing at everything that was happening. From Nancy Pelosi's stink eye to the refusal of Democrats to show a modicum of support for much of anything, every moment was scrutinized for ridicule.
Others simply lamented how long the speech was, and poked fun at the president's appearance. You know, the usual stuff. As with everything Trump does, he has proven once again that he has the eyes of the world -- and especially Hollywood -- on him. And for Hollywood, they do not like what they see.
Uh-oh. Our president mentioned the FIRST and SECOND amendment- a Democrat's worst nightmare. #SOTU— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 31, 2018
Skipped right over the 1st amendment. #SOTU— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 31, 2018
The Trump supporters in my TL have been reduced to, "We KNOW he sucks but it's worth it to see your libtard tears!" Solid legacy. #SOTU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2018
Ten bucks says Trump reads "hold for applause" aloud. #SOTU— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 31, 2018
Nancy Pelosi’s stink eye is EVERYTHING!!!!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 31, 2018
America right now is like pic.twitter.com/qVxR7o6Thv— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 31, 2018
When does he thank Russia?— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 31, 2018
not watching— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 31, 2018
Here, I'm gonna fact check this speech: whatever he just said was bullshit. Boom. Solid reporting. #SOTU— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 31, 2018
Union speech from Trump is awesome. The Dems look so angry. It is amazing how they act like little spoiled... https://t.co/toZ6njlNzv— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) January 31, 2018
Trump is getting comfortable, he’s starting to do his Mussolini nod #SOTU— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) January 31, 2018
Kinda gross when you realize we're basically watching Paul Ryan watch porn. #SOTU— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 31, 2018
1. Denial 2. Guilt 3. Anger 4. Depression 5. Acceptance pic.twitter.com/CH3t5z2WAs— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 30, 2018
People make fun of Trump a lot for sounding so stupid when he talks off the cuff but when he reads a prepared speech you can really appreciate how idiotic his “serious” face is.— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) January 31, 2018
This SOTU is like groundhog day. Get ready for six weeks of deep deep normalizing. But nothing has actually changed.— John Hodgman (@hodgman) January 31, 2018
I'm not watching some frothing orange gorilla read off a teleprompter. I've got better things to do, like alphabetize my spice cabinet. #StateOfTheDream— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 31, 2018
Watching President Trump @POTUS. A very powerful speech. God bless America!— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) January 31, 2018
Fun fact: Mike Pence just did his first blink. #SOTU— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 31, 2018
I was told darkness could not exist in the light. But here it is, for everyone to not see.#SOTU— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 31, 2018
No mention of Niger or of Sgt LaDavid Johnson, no mention of those Soldiers. Why not.. just asking.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 31, 2018
The #SOTU is worth watching if only for the glum faces of the Democrats— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) January 31, 2018
His phony whisper voice when he's trying to convey sincerity and fake depth is pathological. #SOTU— Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) January 31, 2018
So this entire speech was putting human suffering on display to deflect from the human suffering Trump is causing. #SOTU— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) January 31, 2018
How ungrateful can a man be? In his long inauguration address Trump did not spend one minute to thank the people who helped him get elected, his dedicated Russian allies and their peerless leader, Vladimir Putin. I have just lost all respect for POTUS the Putz,— carl reiner (@carlreiner) January 31, 2018
For whatever reason, people wanna get straight up lied 2 by a large orange dumpster muppet...but not me! There's 2 many Patti Lupone YT clips I could be enjoying! 🎭— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) January 31, 2018
Is it Over?— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 31, 2018
Wow those 37 hours really flew by— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) January 31, 2018