Hollywood had a lot to say after President Donald Trump made a theatrical return to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center on Oct. 5, 2020, after receiving around-the-clock care and therapies not widely available to most patients and tweeted some controversial comments downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus. Take a look at how Hollywood stars on both sides of the aisle reacted, starting with Captain America himself… "Don't be afraid of Covid?! You've been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?! Sadly, I'm sure you're aware of that disparity, you just don't care. This is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you." —Chris Evans, responding to President Trump's Oct. 5 tweet that read, "I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"
"To all the over 208,000 Americans who lost loved ones to this virus – I stand by you, with you, holding your hand. Unfortunately it did dominate our lives didn't it? It dominated Nick's family's lives and my family's lives. I guess we 'let it' – like it was our choice?? Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to spend two days in the hospital. I cried next to my husband for 95 days watching what COVID did to the person I love. It IS something to be afraid of. After you see the person you love the most die from this disease you would never say what this tweet says. There is no empathy to all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful." –actress-dancer Amanda Kloots — whose husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, died from COVID-19-related complications in July — in response to President Trump's tweet telling people, "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life."
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"Ronald Reagan got back to work with days after being shot, Donald Trump gets back to work after contracting a deadly virus. Joe Biden closes the lid at 9Am and scuttles back to his basement after sleeping ten hours." –James Woods
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"Don't be afraid of covid? Tell that to the 210,000 families who have lost loved ones. To the Black, Brown and Indigenous folks disproportionately affected. With tens of millions of jobs lost and the economy tanked. Many of us isolated for months. You're the cruelest. #votehimout" —Mandy Moore
"I still have the lung power and I wore less makeup. This revival is closing November 3rd." –Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, comparing her "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" scene on the balcony of the Argentine presidential palace in the musical "Evita" to President Trump's theatrical return to the White House and balcony photo op on Oct. 5
"Same as the flu!!! Wake up sheeple!! It is about control and fear." –Kevin Sorbo
"You don't have covid for the weekend. He either has it and doesn't give a f*** who gets it from him, or he never had it." –Zach Braff, whose close friend Nick Cordero died from complications of COVID-19 in July
"'Don't be afraid of Covid.' How preposterous! 210,000 American people have lost their lives! Children have lost their parents. Mothers and fathers are gone! How dare he say such a stupid thing." –Barbra Streisand
"The sick #IdiotInChief just tweeted that 'I never felt better in 20 years. Don't be afraid of getting COVID!' TELL THAT TO THE DEAD! Must be pumped up from steroids & getting medications no one else in the world can get. He shoulda said '#ImHighAsAKite' #Base, go get Covid!" –Bette Midler
"Like when you were exposed to COVID-19, got it & went to a fundraiser without telling anyone, posed for photos, met w/ soldiers, rode around w/ secret service & then said 'don't be afraid of COVID' while pumped up w/ exclusive experimental treatments from your hospital stay?" –Padma Lakshmi, who tweeted this in response to a tweet President Trump posted in 2014 that read, "The Ebola doctor who just flew to N.Y. from West Africa and went on the subway, bowling and dining is a very SELFISH man-should have known!"
"Welcome home Mr. President @realDonaldTrump !!!! … The best President!" –Antonio Sabato Jr.
"'Don't be afraid of Covid' America! With a helicopter at your disposal and access to treatments only a President can get, you too will get through this just fine in time to get back to your state of the art in-house medical facility with 24 hour care and the best doctors around!" –Josh Gad
"'Don't be afraid of Covid' he dares say to those of us who have lost loved ones to Covid. This man is evil." –Ava DuVernay
"Do we need a Super Secret Service to protect the Secret Service from the President?" –Stephen Colbert
"I've always taken [the coronavirus] serious, and if you come into contact with COVID, please do the same. Don't be like the president." –Trey Songz, in an Oct. 5 video in which he revealed he'd tested positive for COVID-19
"Most dangerous US president of my lifetime- gasping for air during strange photo op just before reentering WH without mask. God help all the good people he will infect this week and may God help us all" –Mia Farrow
"Idiot super spreader the best medical care in the world tells millions with virus, and the relatives of over 200,000 dead victims: dont be afraid of covid. Don't let it dominate your life." –Colin Hanks, whose father, Tom Hanks, and stepmother, Rita Wilson, were the first Hollywood stars to reveal their diagnoses early in the pandemic
"With 211,000 dead & counting: Secret Service agent: 'But, Mr. President, aren't you shedding virus?' President Trump: 'Shut up and drive!'" –Sean Penn