Musicians Respond to Trump and Capitol Mob: Stevie Wonder, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, Pink, Tom Morello, Sara Bareilles Speak Up
A number of prominent musicians spoke up on social media about the rioting by supporters of Donald J. Trump on Capitol Hill Wednesday, most either condemning the president for being responsible for the violence or comparing the tame law enforcement response to what went down during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. Some were not shy about invoking the 25th amendment. Angry voices emerging from the music world ran a gamut that included Cardi B, Pink, Tom Morello, Paul Stanley. Tommy Lee, Sara Bareilles, Maren Morris, Questlove, Margo Price and Questlove.
Tweeted Stevie Wonder: “It is time for the leaders of this country to invoke the 25th Amendment. Isn’t it obvious? Today has made me sad with disbelief with what is happening in my country, a country that has inspired my songs of hope and love…. I am heartbroken and astounded that this narcissistic and dangerous president would put lives in danger and encourage violent sedition against our government. That man is no longer able to serve as President because he can’t accept defeat. Can we afford 2 more weeks? I say NO!”
Selena Gomez tagged figures representing the major social media services and wrote, “Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichal, Susan Wojcicki — you have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things going forward.”
Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was blunt in his language. “Hey Fuckhead,” he tweeted, addressing Trump. “Tell you(r) covidiots to go home…its a wrap, ya’ll lost, GTFOH!! and while you’re at it YOU get the fuck outta here too before people get seriously hurt!”
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) January 7, 2021
I am heartbroken and astounded that this narcissistic and dangerous president would put lives in danger and encourage violent sedition against our government. That man is no longer able to serve as President because he can’t accept defeat. Can we afford 2 more weeks? I say NO!
— Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) January 6, 2021
“Fucking disgrace,” wrote Sara Bareilles, in response to a taped presidential speech that seemed sympathetic toward the rioters — “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home. We love you, you’re very special” — in response to Trump’s remarks being disapprovingly tweeted by Ava DuVernay.
“The irony is pretty funny,” said Cardi B. “Weren’t people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice — and now?”
“No one ever gets to dismiss white privilege again,” tweeted Finneas.
Today is gonna be hard to shake. Something my WW2 fighting Paw-Paw never told me about, something my parents never had to go through… thinking about how I will tell my son about this one day.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) January 7, 2021
Makes ya think… https://t.co/9PN5o8T3bv
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) January 6, 2021
“These are TERRORISTS,” tweeted KISS’ Paul Stanley. “This is armed insurrection. The flames were fanned today & over time by the president & specific senators who CANNOT be allowed now to distance from or denounce what they have directly caused. Know their names. THIS is the result of their deception. Shame.”
But there was at least one musical supporter of the president. On Facebook, he posted a painting of Trump in a Revolutionary War-era uniform, alongside a post maintaining that the rioters invading the nation’s capitol were actually Antifa activists posing as Trump supporters.
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— Qurley? (@questlove) January 6, 2021
No one ever gets to dismiss white privilege again.
— FINNEAS (@finneas) January 6, 2021
As a United States Citizen, and the daughter of two veterans, and the sister of another, I am ashamed of what is happening in Washington. Hypocrisy, shame,
Embarrassment. Unpatriotic hypocritical sheep drinking poison Kool aid. This a sad day for America.
— P!nk (@Pink) January 6, 2021
Spot on man. I can’t stomach the “disbelief” anymore. I have zero surprise left in me. https://t.co/5wBSLpBVFC
— Brandi Carlile (@brandicarlile) January 6, 2021
fucking disgrace. https://t.co/J9vU0iw5ol
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) January 6, 2021
The irony is pretty funny………weren’t people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice and now?🤔🤔🤔🤔……Let me just watch.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 6, 2021
hey Fuckhead @realDonaldTrump tell you covidiots to go home…its a wrap, ya’ll lost, GTFOH!! and while you’re at it YOU get the fuck outta here too before people get seriously hurt!
— T🥁mmy L33 (@MrTommyLand) January 6, 2021
Guns drawn INSIDE the Capitol. Trump did this, his party inflamed it. pic.twitter.com/BJn5pBR0HW
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) January 6, 2021
it is so sad to me watching the far right break into the capitol building. the protests happening months ago fighting for basic human rights faced severe police brutality for not even a fraction of the aggression. it is truly heartbreaking. im praying for the safety of everybody.
— YUNGBLUD’s on mars (@yungblud) January 6, 2021
These are TERRORISTS. This is armed insurrection. The flames were fanned today & over time by the president & specific senators who CANNOT be allowed now to distance from or denounce what they have directly caused. Know their names. THIS is the result of their deception. Shame. pic.twitter.com/nDJhvV3b1c
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 6, 2021
that’s enough i’m stepping in pic.twitter.com/a4dKFdjLgE
— nope (@LilNasX) January 6, 2021
The window has closed.
You either spoke out against Donald Trump or you didn’t.
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) January 6, 2021
Remembering what they did to protestors at Standing Rock. Remembering what they did in Kenosha. Remembering what they did to my friends on 676 this summer. Remembering how ready they were to spill blood for Target and Walmart.
— Dan Campbell (@headabovewater) January 6, 2021
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) January 6, 2021