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Hollywood Star Kirstie Alley Heaps Praise on Trump's Coronavirus Response, Swats Aside Critics

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Actress Kirstie Alley broke from her Hollywood compatriots Monday and applauded President Donald Trump on Twitter for his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suffering no shortage of social media scorn, Alley was unhindered in thanking the president directly for his composure, “care” and “boundless energy” in addressing both the ongoing national emergency and American morale in recent weeks.

“Dear Mr. President,” Alley wrote. “I wanted to thank you for [your] recent decorum, sincerity, & care towards us. You’re taking charge & leading in a manner needed & wanted for this country.”

“I highly commend you for [your] boundless energy & willingness to solve problems. Thank you.”

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The statement received a deeply divided response from fans, many of whom applauded the actress on her willingness to speak freely in support of the president’s recent efforts to prevent increased stateside spread of coronavirus without greatly interfering with American daily life or further damaging the economy.

A vocal contingent, however, which included fellow figures in Hollywood, were less than thrilled with Alley’s remarks, suggesting the Trump administration had in various ways bungled the national virus response and demanding to know “what president” the actress was seeing on television.

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“Are you out of your mind?” comedian John Melendez tweeted. “What press conferences are you watching? I watch the ones with lies, misinformation, & jabs at Mitt Romney, & others.”

“Kirstie, I’m a fan, but you’re way off on this,” he said.

Alley, for her part, seemed unphased, using the opportunity to have a bit of fun at the expense of those who were resentful of her remarks.

“BlAh blAh blAh,” Alley wrote back to Melendez, the first of several Monday tongue lashings issued by the actress.

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“You can tell a lot about people who belittle you for your views and beliefs, when [you] aren’t even TALKING TO THEM!” she later wrote. “My bestie and I call these people CHIMERS ..they ALWAYS chime in when [you] are speaking to someone else.”

Hardly a bitter partisan, Alley has still managed to earn the ire of left-wing audiences on several occasions in recent years, publicly attacking Hollywood’s blacklisting of conservative artists and initially supporting then-candidate Donald Trump for president in 2015.

The actress would later retract her endorsement, however, disappointed by vulgar and objectionable sexual remarks revealed by the “Access Hollywood” tape in October 2016, just weeks before the presidential election.

According to Deadline, Alley rebuked an unwillingness to come together on both sides of the political aisle in 2019, assuring her social media followers that, despite an increase in public political remarks and endorsements, she was not a “devout” Republican or Democrat — simply someone who approved of anyone seeking to make a positive change in the world.

Such seemed to be the rationale behind Alley’s Monday applause for the president.

“I compliment people when they do well,” the actress said plainly.

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Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He has since covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal, and now focuses his reporting on Congress and the national campaign trail. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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