Stars Speak Out: Celebrity Voices on the 2024 Presidential Candidates

By Sophia Maddox | April 16, 2024

Stephen Colbert

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In response to the former president's announcement that he's running for the highest office in 2024, Stephen Colbert joked:

[Trump’s speech] was such a lame event, even his family didn’t show... Start to finish, this announcement was a pathetic, drowsy word shamble toward Snoozeville. He didn’t ride a single escalator, and during what little I watched, I thought: I have never seen anything sadder in my life.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Artists Equity, a production company established by actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, criticized former President Donald J. Trump for using audio from their movie Air in a campaign video that was uploaded online in early June 2023.

The video, which featured a monologue from the film playing next to photos and videos of Mr. Trump throughout his life, was shared on Truth Social.

This video was posted along with a request for donations, shortly after Mr. Trump was formally charged with federal offenses. The charges against him include unlawfully retaining classified national security documents after leaving office and obstructing efforts to return them. A statement from Affleck and Damon read:

We had no foreknowledge of, did not consent to and do not endorse or approve any footage or audio from Air being repurposed by the Trump campaign as a political advertisement or for any other use.