Can patriotism be terrorism

US stars appalled: "Not patriotism, but terrorism"

Washington - Hollywood actors and other stars reacted with horror to the storm of angry supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump on the political center of Washington. "Today was not patriotism, it was terrorism," said late-night presenter Jimmy Fallon on his show.

"This is a coup attempt to keep a reality television star in power," wrote actress Alyssa Milano. For months she has been warning that Trump incites violence.

Rioting Republican Trump supporters broke into the Capitol, the seat of the US Parliament, after an inciting speech by the outgoing president on Wednesday. Only hours later was Congress able to resume its deliberations and seal Trump's defeat in the election. According to police, four people were killed.

Totally the insane king

Some stars criticized the way the security forces dealt with the rioters. "Imagine that it would have been our people," wrote Trump critic Mark Ruffalo on Twitter: "Then rivulets of blood would flow through the streets and none of us would be armed." His colleague Chris Evans wrote, "Imagine the carnage if they hadn't been white."

The rapper Cardi B asked: "Where is the National Guard?" Filmmaker Michael Moore expressed himself similarly: "Why is this mob not arrested?" Pop singer John Legend made all Trump voters responsible: "You are complicit in the attempted destruction of the country." Trump is "now completely the mad king and must be deposed," wrote Oscar winner Mira Sorvino.

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Republican governor of California, had spoken out before the riots. It was "stupid, crazy and vicious" of Trump and his followers to question the election results, he wrote in a guest commentary for the newspaper "The Economist".

Hatred on the net

For pop singer Selena Gomez, social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are partly to blame: This is "the result of allowing people with hatred in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together," she wrote. Twitter blocked Trump's account for twelve hours after the riots. Three tweets from the account had "repeatedly and seriously" violated the guidelines of the platform.

Pop star Pink commented on Twitter: "This is a sad day for America." As a US citizen, she is ashamed of mendacity and hypocrisy in Washington. Soul singer Stevie Wonder also said sadly: "I am heartbroken and amazed that this narcissistic and dangerous president would put lives in danger and encourage violent rebellion against our government." (APA, 7.1.2021)