Harrison Ford and Colin Kaepernick are both taking on Donald Trump, with the actor and the quarterback each taking shots at the Republican presidential frontrunner this week.
Trump has made plenty of enemies with his unapologetic, very non-politically correct approach to running for president. He has angered immigrant groups with remarks that appeared to compare Mexican immigrants to rapists and murderers, upset others by seeming to support a national registry for Muslims and more recently by calling for a ban on non-U.S. Muslims entering the country.
While it’s earned Trump plenty of scorn from political opponents, others from the worlds of entertainment and sports are speaking out as well.
This week Harrison Ford took on Donald Trump after the Republican made a reference to Ford’s 1997 action flick Air Force One. Trump had told The New York Times that he admires presidents from action movies, like Ford’s character.
“My favorite was Harrison Ford on the plane,” said Trump. “I love Harrison Ford — and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America.”
Harrison Ford quipped back, reminding Donald Trump that he never really fought terrorists in an airplane.
“It’s a movie,” he said. “Donald, it was a movie. It’s not like this in real life, but how would you know?”
Ford wasn’t the only one taking on Trump. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood up this week against Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, posting a series of photos on Instagram criticizing the real estate mogul and reality television star.
“But think about this. If [Trump] keeps going and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that there’s someone left to help you,” the quote reads.
Colin Kaepernick — Goes After Donald Trump… He’s a Dangerous Man https://t.co/UzQE5r6sBE
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) December 10, 2015
— Dish Nation (@DishNation) December 11, 2015
He isn’t the only athlete speaking out. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most famous Muslim in the United States, spoke out against Trump in a statement delivered to NBC, though he avoided mentioning Trump directly.
“We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” Ali said in the statement. “They have alienated many from learning about Islam.”
Harrison Ford and Colin Kaepernick were joined by a few hundred thousand other people this week who called out Donald Trump. Close to half a million people signed a petition to ban Trump from the United Kingdom in the wake of his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
ITV reported that the poll is the most popular ever on the government’s site.
Not everyone disagrees with Trump, however. A one-day online poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies PulsePoll on Tuesday found that 65 percent of likely Republican voters said they actually backed Trump’s proposal to keep Muslims out of the U.S.
Trump still also holds leads both in national polling and many individual states for the 2016 Republican primary, holding onto the lead despite predictions dating back several months that he would eventually fall off. His supporters seem unswayed by the criticism Trump has faced, and it seems that many would stick with him even if the Republican Party moves away. A poll from USA Today (via Breitbart) found that 68 percent of Trump supporters would still back him if he made an independent run for president.
While Donald Trump can count on his fervent fans to keep him atop the polls, he likely won’t be getting votes from Harrison Ford or Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
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