A-list to D-list, celebrities love their politicians

2016 presidential campaign is bringing out a lot of high-profile endorsements

By Will Creighton

Celebrity political endorsements are nothing new, but they reached a fever pitch in 2008 during President Obama's run for the White House. The 2016 campaign appears appears to be bringing out even more.

Though most of the attention is focused around A-list endorsements, a number of celebrity D-listers also are wading into the fray this time around.


Before Carly Fiorina dropped out of the race, Donnie Wahlberg threw his support to her. Once she left the island, the New Kid on the Block joined Team Marco.

In a statement released by the Rubio campaign, Wahlberg said: "We need a leader like Marco to inspire a new Republican party and unite our nation."

Rubio supporter Donnie Wahlberg working on his NKOTB selfie game. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Kimye are all in with #HillaryForPresident. The couple snapped a selfie with the former First Lady/Secretary of State after listening to her speak in Los Angeles back in August 2015.

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

"Girls" star Lena Dunham isn't wearing some "feminist version of beer goggles called 'estrogen lens'" when it comes to supporting Clinton. Of the former Secretary of State, Dunham says she's been with Clinton, "...every step of the way, gurl."

Lena Dunham's been crisscrossing the country for Hillary. File Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI

Will Ferrell started out 'Feeling The Bern' – he had his name in writing up on the Democratic Socialist's 'Artists for Bernie' page. But in Vegas, we saw this:

Hillary likes her "Roar" and Katy Perry loves being a member of the "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit."

Katy Perry's all in for Hillary. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI

A photo posted by Hillary Clinton (@hillaryclinton) on


Also in Hillary's camp: Robert De Niro, Snoop Dogg, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.

Parting politically with the Duck Dynasty patriarch, Willie Robertson described Donald Trump as "a real leader" when endorsing the business mogul at the 16th annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards in Las Vegas in January. "He represents success and strength, two attributes our country needs."

Willie Robertson sits between Adam Wainwright (L) and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals. Appearing in this photograph ≠ an endorsement of The Donald from either player. File Photo Bill Greenblatt/UPI

From West Coast Choppers to Orange County Choppers, Donald is cleaning up with bikers.

Jesse James – ex-husband of actress Sandra Bullock, grease monkey at West Coast Choppers, and purveyor of custom firearms under his Jesse James Firearms Unlimited brand – took to Instagram to endorse the GOP frontrunner saying, "This guy is the Real Deal."


A photo posted by Jesse James (@popeofwelding) on

Paul Teutul Sr. is no stranger to Trump. The reality stars crossed paths when Teutul was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice 5, and "Senior" made Trump a custom motorcycle – though Trump said he didn't know what to do with it (he put it on display in a Trump Tower lobby).

OCC - Paul Teutul Sr Endorsement

Thank you Paul for your endorsement. Together we will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, February 22, 2016

Former NBA basketball star, reality TV star and occasional vacationer in the repressive Communist regime of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dennis Rodman is a big fan of "The Donald" and has been supporting him since the summer of 2015 when the businessman's campaign was presumed to be a long shot.


Dennis Rodman. Always colorful. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI

Below, "The Worm" hanging with fellow Trump supporter, Terry Gene Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan.

Rocker Ted Nugent likes red meat, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. UPI/Michael Bush

Can't forget Ted Nugent, as famous for his controversial political statements as his rock music. He's said he won't make a full endorsement until a nominee is chosen, but he loves Ted Cruz and especially Donald Trump, "the hellraiser America has needed."


Know it, Donald Trump is the hellraiser America has needed for a very longtime. He & Ted Cruz may be the only hope to...

Posted by Ted Nugent on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sarah Palin might have surprised folks by choosing Trump over Cruz, but her endorsement announcement made it clear she was on board with The Donald.

"Right-winging, bitter-clinging, proud clingers of our guns, our God, and our religion, and our Constitution,” said Sarah Palin in endorsing Donald Trump. File Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI

Bernie Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders Riggs to Danny Glover's Murtaugh? Swap out South African drug dealers with diplomatic immunity for Wall Street executives fleecing the middle class and maybe, just maybe, this 21st Century combo could be a "Lethal Weapon" when it comes to implementing Democratic Socialism in the United States!

Danny Glover "...can feel the Bern, don't you feel it?" File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI

For Incredible Hulk actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, Bernie Sanders "is a man of the people and is exactly today who he has always been: the real deal."

Mark Ruffalo. #feelthebern2016 File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI

The 2008 campaign turned Shepard Fairey into a household name with his HOPE posters depicting candidate Obama. It's fair to say that the guerrilla artist has been somewhat disappointed with the candidate his poster helped propel into mainstream consciousness.

"I'm tired of portraits, I want to make images about people of substance, about the issues they care about."

Never one to mince words or care what others think, screen star Susan Sarandon proclaimed "I don't vote with my vagina" when explaining her support for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.

Ted Cruz

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson asks one question of himself in choosing a presidential candidate: "would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make 'em a good duck gumbo?" Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apparently cooks it up to Robertson's liking.

Clint Howard, oft overlooked brother of mega-director Ron Howard, is a Cruz supporter as well.

Clint Howard and his brother Ron "sit on opposite sides of the dinner table" when it comes to politics. File Photo by Michael Tweed/UPI

Former Fox News star Glenn Beck, who now runs his own news and opinion outfit online, is a Cruz supporter.

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