Looks like the campaign to stop Donald Trump is on full throttle, with liberal Hollywood prepared to play its role to keep the country out of the hands of the man most have described as divisive.
With the Democratic convention in full swing, over one hundred celebrities have signed on to the Moveon.org #UnitedAgainstHate campaign, aimed at denying the White House to the Republican nominee.
These include Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Shonda Rhimes, Macklemore, Michael Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Russell Simons, Lena Dunham and Chloe Grace Moritz.
The celebrities are aiming to use their reach and influence to lead an effort to deny the White House to the man they say have demonised whole communities of people.
Their objectives are spelt out in an open letter. Read it below…
“Will you stand against Donald Trump and the hate he promotes?”
We are a coalition of artists who, today, are joining millions of Americans in our commitment to defeat the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump.
We believe it is our responsibility to use our platforms to bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency, and to the real and present threats of his candidacy.
Donald Trump wants to take our country back to a time when fear excused violence, when greed fueled discrimination, and when the state wrote prejudice against marginalized communities into law. His rhetoric and policy proposals exclude, degrade, and harm:
Mexican and Latino people
Women and their health care providers
People with disabilities
Working class people
American prisoners of war
…and those of countless other marginalized communities.
When dangerous and divisive leaders have come to power in the past, it has been in part because those of goodwill failed to speak out for themselves or their fellow citizens. Some of us come from the groups Trump has attacked. Some of us don’t. But as history has shown, it’s often only a matter of time before the “other” becomes me.
That is why we need to unite before it is too late—for the sake of our fellow Americans and for the sake of our democracy—and why it is so critical for those of us with the privilege to speak out to do so loudly and forcefully, in our work, online, and in our communities, with all the resources we have at hand.
We call upon every American to join us–to stand together on the right side of history, to use the power of our voice and the power of our vote to defeat Donald Trump and the hateful ideology he represents.