1. The cast of SNL
Donald Trump’s beef with SNL was not new to this year. You’ll recall his poor reviews of Alec Baldwin’s impersonation, which Trump tweeted about in October and December 2016. ‘Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks,’ he said. ‘Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.’
The indignation spilled over into the New Year, when SNL opened with a faux press conference imagining how Trump might respond to questions about the ‘pee pee tape.’ Trump declared the show ‘really bad television.’
2. Meryl Streep
Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in January, Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech to express her dismay with the then president-elect, specifically taking issue with that time he mocked a disabled reporter. She said:
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.
Trump responded that Streep, who’s been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, is ‘one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.’
3. Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star, was one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent backers — and a vocal Trump critic — during the 2016 election. But he wasn’t #NeverTrump from the get-go: Cuban initially gave Trump credit for shaking things up. ‘Up until Trump announced his candidacy the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run,’ Cuban wrote to Business Insidervia his Cyber Dust messaging app. ‘You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words, smart people who didn’t live perfect lives could never run. Smart people who didn’t want their families put under the media spotlight wouldn’t run.’ He also praised Trump for saying ‘what’s on his mind’ and giving ‘honest answers rather than prepared answers.’
In July, Cuban turned on Trump and endorsed Hillary Clinton — Fortune has a more detailed timeline if you’re inclined to go deeper — and by September, Trump was calling Cuban ‘dopey’ over the billionaire’s reportedly prime seat at the first presidential debate.
In February of this year, Trump revealed that he’s still not fond of Cuban. (In case you were wondering.) ‘He’s not smart enough to run for president!’ Trump tweeted, seemingly out of nowhere. Earlier that morning, Trump tweeted a farewell to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and congratulated Stephen Miller on his TV appearances.
Cuban first responded with ‘lol,’ then shared a previous exchange he had with Trump.
In November, Don Jr. picked up where his father left off, responding to a Buzzfeed tweet that said Cuban was ;considering’ running for president (something he’s suggested multiple times).
Cuban replied with the evergreen question, “Seriously Jr?”
4. Snoop Dog
Snoop Dogg released a video for his remix of the BadBadNotGood song ‘Lavender,’ in which he’s seen pointing a toy gun at a clown-like character called Ronald Klump. When Snoop pulls the trigger, a ‘bang’ sign is released rather than a bullet, and Klump winds up in chains. Trump, whose 2005 tax returns were leaked the night before, tweeted, ‘Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!’
5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
After former Governor of California and then host of The New Celebrity Apprentice Arnold Schwarzenegger told Extra‘s Mario Lopez that Trump’s immigrant ban was ‘badly vetted,’ Trump went off. ‘Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT … But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.’
Schwarzenegger wished Trump the ‘best of luck’ in response. ‘…I hope you’ll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.’
In March, after one season as host, Schwarzenegger announced he wouldn’t return to the show, suggesting that his decision was at least in part due to Trump’s attachment to the show as executive producer. (The show was also suffering from low ratings.)
‘I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett,’ Schwarzenegger said. ‘Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage.’
Ratings machine DJT couldn’t resist one last swipe, tweeting that ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.’
Schwarzenegger offered this helpful tip in response:
6. Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin teamed up with photographer Tyler Shields for what turned out to be a controversial photo of the comedian holding ‘Trump’s’ bloody, decapitated head. The image was initially shared by TMZ and then by Griffin, who captioned it, ‘There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever’ — a reference to Trump’s campaign trail comment about Megyn Kelly. Griffin initially refused to apologise for the image, but then did so in a video she shared on social media. ‘I sincerely apologise,’ Griffin said (via NPR). ‘…I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, it wasn’t funny, I get it.’
Celebrities and politicians on both sides of the aisle condemned the image and Trump tweeted that Kathy Griffin ‘should be ashamed of herself.’
CNN cut ties with Griffin, who’d co-hosted its New Year’s Eve Live special with Anderson Cooper for 10 years, and in a news conference with her lawyer Lisa Bloom, Griffin said that ‘a sitting president of the U.S. … is personally trying to ruin my life forever.’ Her lawyers later confirmed that Griffin was being investigated by the federal government. In July, she tweeted that the ‘case is closed’ and she was ‘completely exonerated.’
7. Chrissy Teigen
Trump reportedly blocked Chrissy Teigen after she tweeted ‘lol no one likes you’ in response to his complaint that ‘Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.’
‘After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him ‘lol no one likes you’ was the straw,’ she tweeted.
8. Stephen King
Trump also blocked Stephen King.
But the author got his revenge.
9. The NFL
Trump has tweeted dozens of times in reference to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, a form of peaceful protest against racism in America started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback — and current free agent — Colin Kaepernick. Among Trump’s tweets:
At a political rally in Louisville, Kentucky, in March, Trump said, ‘There was an article today…that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. You believe that?’ (Kaepernick still hasn’t been signed.)
At a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in September, Trump said, ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!”
To which Kaepernick’s mom responded, ‘Guess that makes me a proud bitch!’
10. Steph Curry
After Steph Curry told a reporter that, no, he does not want to go to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship — adding that it was a decision he and his teammates were still making together — Trump tweeted that the invitation was ‘withdrawn.’
Trump failed to address anything else about Curry’s statement, which included the following valid point, among others: ‘The things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said in the right times … we won’t stand for it. And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.’
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James had the greatest response:
11. Michael Moore
Michael Moore’s one-man Broadway show about the country’s toxic political climate closed its limited run in October, which Trump took to mean it was a giant flop. ‘While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close,’ he tweeted. ‘Sad!’
Moore, a longtime critic of Trump, responded with an 11-point thread that began, ‘You must have my smash hit of a Broadway show confused with your presidency– which IS a total bomb and WILL indeed close early. NOT SAD.’