Kirstie Alley stands her ground after giving Trump public praise for coronavirus response

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 05: Actress Kirstie Alley on day 3 of Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on August 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Actress Kirstie Alley hardly received any “Cheers” from left-wing Twitter or Hollywood for praising President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alley, who starred on the hit sitcom by that name from 1987 to 1993, took to Twitter, where she has 1.2 million followers, to praise the president for his leadership and “recent decorum, sincerity, and care towards us.” She also praised him for his “boundless energy” and problem-solving ability during the crisis.

Predictably, Trump critics on the social media platform accused her of being out of her mind and also called her out for being a Scientologist, which is a completely different controversy.

Alley also won a certain amount of praise among conservative-leaning Twitter users for backing Trump.

Celebrities are notoriously erratic in their behavior, so an endorsement of any kind should be viewed with caution. That said, celebrities who express thoughts that could be construed as positive toward the incumbent president in any context almost immediately get pressured into distancing themselves from their earlier statements.

In a series of follow-up tweets, however, Alley declined to walk back her pro-POTUS remarks, but insisted that she doesn’t hate anyone on the basis of their politics. She also commended healthcare workers, truckers, and, by implication, grocery store employees, for their continued efforts during the epidemic. In addition, she encouraged people to hire home improvement contractors and otherwise keep workers employed during the prevailing economic difficulties.

Very much going against the grain in her industry, Kirstie Alley famously endorsed Trump in 2015 but subsequently withdrew her endorsement after the Access Hollywood “locker room talk” tape surfaced.

Based on what since emerged about the proclivities of the anti-Trump, liberal/progressive entertainment community in the #MeToo movement revelations, Trump’s offhand remarks in 2005 seem irrelevant.

As BizPac Review has previously reported, Kirstie Alley used her Twitter platform to expressed concern about Trump supporters being shunned to the point of employment blacklisting in Hollywood. Expressing any right-of-center views in Hollywood can be a career-killer for those in front or behind the camera, unless they are well-established figures.

Among other things, Kirstie Alley has also spoken out in favor of voter ID laws, which liberals and civil rights activists think are worse than waterboarding, by pointing out that you need a government-issued photo ID to enter any movie set in Hollywood. She has also rejected the concept of so-called democratic socialism, a failed ideology that has nonetheless become very trendy among insulated limousine liberals.

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