Melissa Marie Benoist, who plays the titular character in superhero drama series Supergirl, on Tuesday joined the celebrities who are criticizing Donald Trump after his first encounter with Joe Biden.
Yara Shahidi, Olivia Wilde, Ava DuVernay, Storm Reid, Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Chance the Rapper and many other celebrities also expressed their outrage on Twitter after moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump to denounce white supremacists.
Instead of condemning white supremacists, the president called on a far-right group, to “stand back” and “stand by”.
Many people saw it as the president’s reluctance to condemn racism.
Taking to Instagram, the actress shared the meaning of two words used by the President during the debate. Melissa shared the definition of “Stand back and “Stand by” by Merriam-Webster.
Here’s her Insta story.
“Here’s the big takeaway from the debate: Trump was asked to condemn white supremacists, and not only did he refuse to do so, he told them to ‘stand back and stand by,’” actor Nanjiani tweeted. “You know, as if he is their leader. That’s the takeaway.”
“He’s refusing to tell racists to stand down and blames an ideology for all the crime and murders,” wrote “Euphoria” actress Storm Reid. “THIS is why we have to vote him out. We cannot have him in office for another 4 years.”
“Westworld” star Tessa Thompson speculated Trump dodged Wallace’s question because “you cannot condemn your base,” while writer, actress and producer Lena Waithe simply opted to “turn this off now” after his Proud Boys remark.
“The entire country has to make a decision as to whether it will continue to downplay the fact that our President is an openly racist White Supremacist and what that means for its citizens or… VOTE HIM OUT,” Chance the Rapper wrote.