John Legend, Halsey and Richard Marx are among celebrities who took to social media to react after President Donald Trump alleged irregularities in the vote-counting process at the ongoing US election.
Trump, who is seeking re-election against Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, had on Wednesday demanded a halt in vote counting.
He had also claimed victory at the election — even when all the results are yet to be out — while adding that he would approach the supreme court to challenge the result of the polls.
“We did win this election…this is a fraud on the American public,” he had said while addressing his supporters.
According to John Zogby, renowned public opinion pollster and founder of Zogby Strategies, there are over 20 million votes yet to be counted in the 2020 US presidential race.
His claim has, however, generated heated controversies with a number of celebrities airing their views on the issue and the conduct of the election so far.
Commenting on the issue, John Legend said the president’s speech was merely an expression of “grievances.”
“This ‘speech’ is just a random airing of grievances. Happy festivus,” he wrote on Twitter.
This "speech" is just a random airing of grievances. Happy Festivus
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2020
On her part, Sara Bareilles, an American singer, also faulted Trump’s speech, describing the vote-counting process as an integral aspect of every election.
“Counting the votes is not stealing the election. Counting the votes is the point of having an election,” she wrote.
Counting the votes is not stealing the election. Counting the votes is the POINT OF HAVING AN ELECTION.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 4, 2020Advertisement
Here is what some celebrities had to say:
As predicted, Trump is claiming victories in states he didn't win and arbitrarily declared that he won the election.
He did not win.Advertisement
MILLIONS of ballots in key states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin have yet to be counted.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) November 4, 2020
For anyone complaining about the "late" shift in totals toward Democrats in MI, PA, and WI, most of those votes actually came in *first.*
It's only because those states' Republican-controlled state legislatures wouldn't allow "pre-canvassing" that they're now being counted last.
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 4, 2020
This is beyond dangerous what he’s doing right now. #ElectionNight
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 4, 2020
This election is making me want to nervous puke. Thinking of all my friends over there right now!!
— samsmith (@samsmith) November 4, 2020
Trump's words were terrible for our country. He may win, but he just did his best to delegitimize a loss, with absolutely no basis to doubt the legitimacy of the count.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) November 4, 2020
What a truly sad day for human decency.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) November 4, 2020
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 4, 2020
You don’t get to declare yourself the winner, Donald. The American people choose the winner through the Electoral College. We do this though our votes. You can’t change that.#EveryVoteCounts#CountEveryVote
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 4, 2020
Trump still talking to the American public like a wheezy old paedophille with a bag of candy chatting to children outside the gates of a school
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) November 4, 2020
Ohhh so now we’re cool with calling him an authoritarian? It wasn’t the deployment of tanks and riot teams, the condoning of white supremacy, the denial of state authority, the delegitimization of oppositional media? It was this…?
— h (@halsey) November 4, 2020
I had to PASTE #Trump’s tweet because Twitter slapped a warning on his tweet as being misleading/inaccurate. (LIE).
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) November 4, 2020
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