Both J.K. Rowling and Mark Ruffalo are well-known for their searing posts mocking the Trump regime.
In October 2016 she posted a tweet, pretending to be Donald Trump – mocking him for his ridiculous claim that it was Democratic rival Hillary Clinton‘s fault that he has not been paying any federal taxes and for his 2005 p*ssy-grabbing remarks captured on video in the now infamous Access Hollywood bus tape.
Later that month, she swiftly and brutally cut Trump down to size with a viral tweet that has received over 62K “likes” and has been retweeted nearly 24K times.
Rowling took to her Twitter account again yesterday in the wake of the controversy surrounding Trump’s repugnant response to Hurricane Harvey.
Jonathan Tilove, the Austin American-Statesman’s chief political writer, posted a direct quote made by Trump at one of the Austin briefings on Hurricane Harvey.
“Harvey. It sounds like such an innocent name, but isn’t,” Tilove tweeted.
— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) August 29, 2017
Rowling was quick to respond, tweeting that literally anyone in the phone book could do a better job at being president than Trump.
“Close your eyes. Open a telephone directory. Point at the page. Open your eyes. That’s the name of the person who could do better than this,” she wrote.
Close your eyes. Open a telephone directory. Point at the page. Open your eyes. That's the name of the person who could do better than this. https://t.co/Zd3Feox1Gz
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 29, 2017
No stranger to calling out the Trump administration himself, noted film-actor and activist Mark Ruffalo turned his attention to Mike Pence.
CNN reports that relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey are expect to create “polarizing” political battles.
As CNN reported:
The first issue that will test the nation’s unity is funding the recovery from the storm. Federal figures put the cost of damages from Katrina, in 2005 that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast at, $160 billion; and from Sandy, in the New York and New Jersey area in 2012, at around $70 billion. Early estimates on the potential damages from Harvey vary, but experts are anticipating losses totaling tens of billions of dollars.
In recent years, Congress has faced unprecedented partisan divides over Washington’s role in meeting those costs. In 2005, Vice President Mike Pence, then a Republican congressman from Indiana, led an effort by House conservatives to offset any post-Katrina aid with offsetting budget cuts in other programs, including highway projects and the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Wanting to draw attention to Pence’s role in that 2005 divide, Ruffalo tweeted “WATCH: Pence Plead With Congress to Not Fund Hurricane Katrina Relief.”
WATCH: Pence Plead With Congress to Not Fund Hurricane Katrina Relief https://t.co/7H0FideKcG
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 29, 2017
Ruffalo also provided a link to a Daily Kos article that included the following quote made by Pence on the floor of the House of Representatives, along with a link to a video of him making those remarks.
Mr. Speaker Katrina breaks my heart. When I consider it’s tragic aftermath the ancient parable comes to mind ‘and the rains descended and the flood came and the winds blew and beat against the house and it fell with a great crash.’ For most American families when a tree falls on your house, you tend to the wounded, you rebuild and then you figure out how you’re gonna pay for it. Later today Congress will continue the work of funding the relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. And well we should by speeding more than $50 billion dollars to FEMA & other agencies, but as we tend to the wounded, as we begin to rebuild, let us also do what every other American family would do in like circumstances, and expects this Congress to do. Let’s figure out how we’re gonna pay for it. Congress must ensure that a catastrophe of this nature, does not become a catastrophe of debt for our children & grandchildren. [emphasis added]