A year ago, the idea of Donald Trump running for president was nearly laughable. After all, he runs year after year and never gets very far. Fast forward twelve months and – yes – it’s really happening: Mr. Trump has officially received the Republican nomination. While his brash demeanor and business experience appeal to some Americans, many celebrities aren’t really on his bandwagon. Part of this may have to do with his tendency to offend or it may simply be a reflection of Hollywood’s affinity for liberalism. Either way, LA is a mountain Trump probably won’t bother to climb – he doesn’t need California to win. But, while his voting bloc might not read like a who’s who of Oscar party guest lists, he does have some celebs in his corner, including these twenty.
No stranger to controversy, Dennis Rodman has taken time off from his best friendship with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un in order to back the Donald. Despite the fact that Trump fired him on “Celebrity Apprentice,” he isn’t holding a grudge and still considers him a close friend. Of course, Rodman isn’t the only professional athlete willing to stump for Trump.
As a Scientologist, Kirstie Alley is used to going against the grain (though Scientology is much more popular in Hollywood circles than in others). She’s also proudly endorsing the “Make America Great Again” campaign – she made it Twitter official back in April. And she’s not the only 1980s star cheering him on.
Donald Trump’s hatred for political correctness often mirrors that of musician Ted Nugent: both are straightforward and completely unafraid to stir the pot. Nugent’s taken to social media to back the GOP candidate. He’s also written articles for some right-wing outlets. None of this is surprising, as he has long been a darling of the conservative party. He’s even on the board of directors at the National Rifle Association. Nugent might be a polarizing figure, but he’s hardly the only Trump supporter mired in controversy.
Mike Tyson endorsed Trump via “HuffPost Live” last October. He stated that Trump appealed to him because he is a businessman, rather than a politician, and said that the country could benefit from switching things around. Like Rodman, he’s a former/retired athlete, but present sports stars are going to bat for the candidate as well.
Another celeb who’s against big government interjecting into personal lives, Gary Busey has previously vocalized his support for the Republican Party. He’s rumored to have recently posted a video discussing what the country needs (spoiler alert: it needs Donald Trump). Not exactly shocking, given that Busey appeared on Trump’s “Celebrity Appearance” twice.
Pete Rose’s endorsement of Trump is kind of like his career: marred in conflict and suspicions. Some reports suggest that he endorsed the Republican candidate via a note written on a baseball. Other reports deny this – including one that was submitted by his lawyer. With dueling rumors, we could argue that all bets are off regarding his ballot. But since it is Pete Rose after all, the bets might just be back on again.
Jesse Ventura took to politics in 2003 and became the Governor of Minnesota in a surprising upset (as an independent candidate, he defeated both the Republican and Democratic platforms). He’s now a Donald Trump supporter. He’s even gone so far to say that he’d consider serving as his running mate, in the event he was ever asked.
Like many celebrities on this list, Terrell Owens is drawn to the idea that Trump is a businessman and not someone who’s spent his entire career swimming through the muddy waters of politics. Owens grew close to Trump when he appeared on his reality show. He even went on TMZ to make a pitch for a job in Trump’s administration. Big name and all, Owens isn’t the most popular football player in Donald’s arsenal.
Golfer John Daly and Donald Trump have long been associated with each other, strolling together across the greens as caddies behind them schlep their club-filled bags. Daly officially endorsed him on social media back in March, claiming love for his friend. Like others on this list, he’s attracted to the business side of Trump…politics be damned.
The word “celebrity” is used a bit lightly here, as Martin Shkreli is more infamous than famous. Still, he’s proudly backing Trump and probably hoping he can cast his ballot before he’s sentenced to prison for securities fraud. Despite his past deeds – mainly, his gross inflation of the cost of a much-needed, life-saving drug – his vote counts the same as everyone else’s.
Like his wrestling associate Jesse Ventura, Hulk Hogan also expressed interest in becoming Trump’s Vice President. Whether this was said in jest or not – who knows; Hogan has a habit of saying things he later regrets. Nonetheless, he’s not backing down from his support and believes in the Donald’s ability to lead the nation. And Hogan isn’t the only Hulk who thinks this, as we’ll see.
Following 9/11, Rudy Giuliani was lauded for his ability to unite New York, and, ultimately, the entire country. The former New York City Mayor originally endorsed Donald Trump back in April, but he wasn’t exactly brimming with enthusiasm. Rather, he stated that he didn’t want people to think he was part of Trump’s campaign – an “I love you, but I’m not in love with you” version of politics.
Most famously known as “Angelina’s dad,” Jon Voight has long been a hardline conservative. He’s spoken out against socialism and communism and stopped just short of claiming a liberal conspiracy. With all that, it’s no surprise he’s backing Trump: he’d likely back anyone running a right-leaning platform.
A member of the Baldwin brothers club– though not as famous as Alec or William – Stephen Baldwin previously challenged President Obama to a boxing match while threatening to move out of the country. He’s now backing Trump, claiming that his presidency would be a refreshing change. Like many of Donald’s famous fans, Baldwin was also on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Not one to ever shy away from the hullabaloo, Charlie Sheen has been a bit fickle in his support for Trump. He’s gone from baiting the candidate on Twitter and discussing his dislike for him in interviews to soliciting a spot as his running mate. It’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll still be endorsing him a month, or even an hour, from now.
Most famously known for his role in The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno became associated with the Donald when he appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012. He’s since gone on to become a deputy in Delaware County, Ohio, and conveyed his hopes of Trump going all the way to the White House.
We’re being liberal with the term “celebrity,” but former reality TV star Tila Tequila is quite conservative in her views. In fact, she’s even a little extreme, claiming to be drawn to Trump because of a shared anti-vaxxer stance. Even so, her support of him seems earnest – she’s gone on social media to justify her views to her fans.
Probably a good number of coal miner’s daughters are backing Donald Trump – his campaign has focused on the blue-collar, working man. But Loretta Lynn isn’t just voting for him – she’s also claiming that he’s the only one with the ability to turn our country around. And she doesn’t seem to have any qualms about him not being woman enough to do the job.
Whether Clint Eastwood really supports Donald Trump is anyone’s guess: some sources say he does, others aren’t so sure. But Eastwood has been a Republican for years, even speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Given this, it’s hard to believe he’d vote for Hillary. For many, the candidate doesn’t really matter – party “trumps” the person, every time.
Tom Brady hasn’t officially backed Donald Trump, but he has admitted to being good friends with him. Reporters have tried to pull an endorsement out of the New England QB’s huddle, but Brady remains tight-lipped. At least it gives us something to talk about this upcoming football season. #TrumpGate2016