Music stars and Hollywood A-listers are expressing their support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign after the former secretary of state announced her long-awaited 2016 candidacy bid this week. Unsurprisingly, Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler was among one of the first to react, tweeting out a hilarious GIF of herself dressed up as Hillary while standing next to her during an old SNL sketch, captioning the image, “Let's do this. #Hillary2016.”
— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) April 12, 2015
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote: “I have an announcement: I'm not running for president. Yay #Hillary2016!” while Lena Dunham took to Instagram to post the popular “Texts From Hillary Clinton” photo meme, which shows the sunglasses-clad presidential hopeful cooly scanning her cellphone.
“This is Hillary reading a text from me that says "with you every step of the way, gurl" #mypresident,” Lena captioned the snap.
Daughter Chelsea Clinton – who gave birth to Hillary's first grandchild, daughter Charlotte, last year – also cheered her mother on via social media, tweeting, “Very proud of you mom!”
The breadth of support from celebrities of all age groups was quite striking, with 21-year-old pop star Ariana Grande writing an encouraging “yaaas” on Twitter followed by 73-year-old singer-songwriter Carole King tweeting, “I’m in.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 12, 2015
I'm in. https://t.co/ym7YB9yyOn
— Carole King (@Carole_King) April 12, 2015
The announcement came just a few hours ahead of the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (April 12), which made it ideal for catching stars’ reactions fresh on the red carpet.
"I just heard about it," Jennifer Lopez told E! during the pre-show. "I'm very excited by the news….I think it's time for a woman [president]."
The star-studded backing is sure to help Hillary in her race as it did with President Obama, who was famously supported in 2008 by some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, including Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore and Sarah Jessica Parker.