With both former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump accepting their respective party’s nomination, the stage is set for a critical 2020 election. As always, celebrity endorsements loom large in helping to galvanize voter turnout.
Historically, most mainstream entertainers skew liberal, but there is a cadre of prominent famous Republicans who have either explicitly voiced support for President Trump, or made clear through other actions and statements where their allegiances are, like Hallmark Christmas queen Candace Cameron Bure and Clint Eastwood. The same holds true for the athletes on this list.
While you add plenty of “Vote” swag to your online shopping cart, and brush up on your political podcasts, get to know the Republican celebrities that have at least previously voiced support for the GOP.
The Frasier star has said in the past that being openly Republican in Hollywood is “a target on your back.” Grammer voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and as of 2017 he seemed content with the president, telling BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “I think he’s doing what he said he was going to do.” Grammer continues to support Trump as of 2019, praising his policies.
Melissa Joan Hart
The Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress is openly Republican, and has said that she finds it easier to be candid about her politics now than she did in the past. “These days I’m pretty much surrounded by Republicans at work,” she told FOX News in 2013. “It’s made it a little easier but I love talking to my Democrat friends about how they see things.” In 2016, she described herself as a “moderate conservative,” but voted for Gary Johnson, not Trump, in 2016.
“I’ve always been a proud Republican,” the OG Buffy the Vampire Slayer tweeted in 2017, in response to criticism of her support for President Trump. In 2019 she spoke out in support of Brett Kavanaugh and has used social media to mock the Women’s March and other feminist causes. She also tweeted, “The Democrats will forever be remembered as the dividers and destroyers of our nation” in December 2019.
Candace Cameron Bure
Though Bure is a Republican, she has expressed discontent with how the party has been operating in recent years, particularly in the run-up to the 2016 election. “Of course it’s not going well because everybody is out for themselves, not for the country,” she said during an interview with FOX News at the time. “You’re interested in yourself more than the vote for the delegates. I am disappointed in my party.”
Another celebrity who has provided a conservative voice on The View, Meghan McCain has called herself the popular show’s “sacrificial Republican.” But while she supports traditional conservative causes like the Second Amendment, she deviates from the party in several ways. She is an open supporter of gay marriage and, just like her father, the late Senator John McCain, has clashed repeatedly with President Trump. In April 2020, McCain implied that she would be voting for Joe Biden, a close friend of her dad’s, over Trump. “There’s one man who has made pain in my life a living hell and another man who has literally shepherded me through the grief process,” she said on Watch What Happens Live.
Some sleuthing from Jezebel determined that singer and actress Katharine McPhee donated $500 to support the National Republican Senatorial Committee. which seeks to maintain conservative control of the senate. Though she has not acknowledged that revelation, fans on Twitter have expressed disappointment in her support of Republicans, particularly since she often posts about her gay fans.
Allen is openly conservative–and sparked controversy back in 2017 after he compared being a conservative in Hollywood to life in 1930s Germany during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live! Though he is aligned with the Republican party (he endorsed John Kasich in 2015), in 2018, he called himself “politically kind of an anarchist.”
Jenner famously came out in support of Trump during the 2016 election, having been a longtime Republican prior. But in 2018 she revoked her support for the president, expressing disappointment in his lack of support for the trans community in a Washington Post op-ed. “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,” Jenner wrote. “My hope in him—in them—was misplaced, and I cannot support anyone who is working against our community. I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.” In a June 2020 People interview, Jenner says she now identifies as “economically conservative, socially progressive.”
When Woods retired from acting three years ago, he claimed it was in part because he had been blacklisted because of his conservative views. “My Republican actor friends are terrified of losing their ability to provide for their families,” he wrote on Twitter in 2017.
Much like Bure, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has played the role of conservative voice on The View which she co-hosted from 2003-2013. Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell famously got into a heated spat over Hasselbeck’s support of the Iraq War in the wake of huge casualties. Though she left the show in a swirl of controversy, which she wrote about at length in her 2019 book. Meghan McCain. another conservative on The View, has since called Hasselbeck, “Such an icon for young Republican women.”
KISS lead singer Gene Simmons has talked a lot about President Trump, and while he hasn’t explicitly outed himself as a Trump voter his comments haven’t exactly been damning. He’s spoke about how Trump “forever changed” politics, and said the world in 2019 had “never been better.” And, back in 2018 predicted a landslide reelection for Trump in 2020. Additionally, Simmons endorsed Mitt Romney in his 2012 Republican bid for president.
Schwarzenegger was, of course, the Republican governor of California from 2003 through 2011. But he’s publicly feuded with now-President Trump, and in 2018 expressed despair about the state of the party. In fact, he went so far as to say he sees it “like the Titanic. The only thing is that we don’t have to go under completely. We don’t have to wait for that moment. Let’s change and let’s go and be more open and go back to this kind of like big tent idea of Ronald Reagan.”
Eastwood is one of Hollywood’s most prominent Republicans (who could forget that surreal speech to a chair?). Though he stopped short of endorsing President Trump, he did speak out in support of the now-president, telling Esquire, “He’s onto something because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness.”
10-year NBA veteran Spencer Hawes said in a 2016 interview with Sporting News, “I’m proud to be conservative” and while he didn’t make a full-throated endorsement of President Trump, he was seen wearing a MAGA hat and a T-shirt that read, Hillary for Prison” in 2016.
Few conservative celebrities put their beliefs on display quite like Scott Baio, who literally spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Baio spoke about the idea that being a conservative in Hollywood could hurt his career. “I don’t care. I genuinely, in my heart, do not care if I ever work again. I don’t care. I’m comfortable and I’ve got a great life, but If I don’t have a country that is recognizable to me, I’ve got nothing,” the Charles in Charge actor said.
Movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer (Beverley Hills Cop, Pearl Harbor, National Treasure) called President Trump “very smart,” in 2016 and has a track record of supporting Republicans. Per Variety, he made major donations to the campaigns of Mitt Romney and John McCain, while also praising President George Bush.
10-year NFL veteran and seven-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold introduced President Trump at a rally back in 2016. He referred to Trump’s victory as “a good election,” though declined to speak in much more specific terms because that was during a football press conference. In 2018, he explored the idea of running for a Republican congressional seat in his home state of New Jersey, but decided against entering politics.
Clueless star Stacey Dash has been a vocal conservative for years now. Dash briefly ran as a conservative for a California congressional seat in 2018, but bowed out prior to the election. “My goal was, and remains, to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party,” she said of her decision to run.
Roseanne Barr—and the titular character she played on her historic sitcom Roseanne–are both Trump supporters. Now that she’s no longer on network television, she’s leaned even harder into her conservatism online.
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Melrose Place star Antonio Sabato, Jr. has claimed that his support of Donald Trump caused his Hollywood career to crumble. “I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids. It’s been terrible,” he alleged to Variety this year. Despite the purported ramifications, his ideology hasn’t changed, and he told the magazine “The country is doing fantastic” under President Trump.
Longtime Hollywood staple Jon Voight is one of the most vocal Trump supporters in the film industry. He’s endorsed him in both 2016 and 2020. He said on Twitter, “This November, we must vote to help keep President Trump in office so he can carry the torch for this land of the free.” Voight is also appearing in the Ronald Reagan biopic alongside fellow conservative Dennis Quaid.
Best-known for his role as Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Dean Cain is a staunch Second Amendment supporter and a Republican. Cain was interviewed by Lara Trump and said he has “full and complete faith in the president” to lead America’s coronavirus recovery. He’s also served as a guest host on Fox & Friends, and performed in the pro-Trump theater production FBI Lovebirds: Undercover, at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Dennis Quaid is slated to play one Republican president, Ronald Reagan, and has spoken favorably of another. In an April 2020 interview with The Daily Beast, Quaid praised how President Trump handled of the coronavirus crisis. “I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states—and all of the American people—what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” he said.
Musician Ted Nugent is a major advocate for the NRA and Republican party. He once said liberals should be shot like “rabid coyotes,” and was investigated by President Barack Obama’s Secret Service for making cryptic, threatening statements about the then-president in 2012. Nowadays, Nugent is prone to social media posts skewering Democrats.
In a publicized move, Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington announced he was “walking away” from the Democratic Party in September 2019. Predictably, Washington went on to announce his support for President Trump, and claimed part of his disdain for the Democrats came from the Obama administration not acknowledging Washington’s activism.
Although an Irish citizen, UFC champion and occasional boxer Conor McGregor is one of the most prominent Trump-supporting athletes. He tweeted his support of Trump in January, calling him a “Phenomenal president” and saying he might be the best in the nation’s history.
Pixar company player John Ratzenberger is best known for his voice work in films like The Incerdibles, Cars, and Toy Story. In 2016 he said, “The only candidate out there is Donald Trump, for me, because he’s a builder.”