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
There's evil genius in rebranding “family reunification” to the dehumanizing, infestation-sounding “chain migration.” 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
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
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.
"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
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.
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,