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WHAT IF THE POPULAR VOTE WAS MAJORITY? SENATOR BARBARA BOXER SEEKS TO END ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Caroline Slusarczyk

Associated Press

Associated Press

One week after Donald Trump’s Presidential victory over Hillary Clinton, retiring California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer filed Senate legislation that seeks to abolish the Electoral College.  Boxer took issue with Trump’s win since Clinton was shown to have won the popular vote by a margin of over one million votes.  Boxer said, “When all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by a margin that could exceed two million votes, and she is on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama…This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency.”

Twitter, @SenatorBoxer

Twitter, @SenatorBoxer

Boxer called the Electoral College an “outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society.”  Boxer’s proposed bill would be an amendment to the Constitution, so it will be a long shot to pass in the heavily Republican Congress.  But that hasn’t stopped Senator Boxer from trying!

Boxer pulled out all the stops and called out Trump himself.  Boxer cited a couple of Trump’s tweets from 2012 where he called the Electoral College a “disaster.” Boxer used this to her advantage, saying, “I couldn't agree more. One person, one vote!”

Twitter, @realDonaldTrump

Twitter, @realDonaldTrump

Boxer’s bill raises the question, what if the popular vote actually decided our President?

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HILLARY CLINTON MAKES FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES WITH HELP FROM MADONNA, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND JON BON JOVI

Caroline Slusarczyk

Kevin Dietsch/UPI

Kevin Dietsch/UPI

Election Day, November 8th, is here people!  Americans are flocking to the polls to cast their ballots for the next U.S. President.  Throughout this presidential race, famous singers have taken the stage at various rallies and fundraisers in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, including Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Chance the Rapper.  On the final night before Election Day, Hillary got some major help from music legends Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Madonna.

Getty Images

Getty Images

Monday night, Hillary held a last-minute rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, for a crowd of around 20,000 people.  Hillary was joined by her husband Bill Clinton, the Obamas, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi.  Bon Jovi performed a live set for the rally crowd, including The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun.”  Bon Jovi then addressed the audience, saying, “I am voting for someone who sees my nieces as future leaders, and not objects to be rated.”

Next up, Springsteen performed his three songs, "Thunder Road," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Long Walk Home."  Springsteen had some choice words for Donald Trump: “This is a man whose vision is limited to little beyond himself, who has the profound lack of decency that would allow him to prioritize his own interests and ego before American democracy itself.  Somebody who would be willing to damage our long-cherished and admired system rather than look to himself for the reasons behind his own epic failure.  And that's unforgivable. Tomorrow, those ideas and that campaign is going down.”

Springsteen finished with, “Let's all do our part so we can look back on 2016 and say we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history. That's why I'm standing here with you tonight, for the dream of a better America.”

Nothing like a free Springsteen-Bon Jovi concert to spread the word to get out and vote!

Matt Rourke/AP

Matt Rourke/AP

Hillary also had some last-minute campaign help from Madonna.  The hugely famous singer took it upon herself to perform a surprise, acoustic concert in New York City’s Washington Square Park Monday night.  She sang, “Express Yourself,” “Like A Prayer,” and John Lennons’ “Imagine.”  After the performance, Madonna implored the audience to vote, saying, “Please come out tomorrow.  Vote with your heart, vote with your mind, vote with your spirit, vote with your soul.  Save this country, please.  Vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton!”

Take it from music legends Madonna, Springsteen, and Bon Jovi – Get out there and vote!

Still not sure how to get your vote in?  Check out rockthevote.com to find out if you can vote instantly in your state!

 

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ROBERT DOWNEY JR, SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND OTHER CELEBS WANT YOU TO “GET OUT THERE AND VOTE”

Caroline Slusarczyk

CNN

CNN

Election Day is tomorrow, November 8th, which means the craziest Presidential race in U.S. history will finally come to a close.  Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will take their place in the Oval Office as Commander in Chief.  But there is still a good chunk of Americans who have chosen not to cast a ballot for this particular Election.

Throughout the campaigns, celebrities such as Robert DeNiro, Kathy Griffin, Aziz Ansari, and tons more, have appeared in videos urging people to vote, usually against Trump.  You can revisit The WANNA’s previous roundup of celeb-driven videos here.

In a new SaveTheDay.Vote video, “Vote Tomorrow,” released Monday November 7th, director Joss Whedon rounded up several Hollywood celebrities in a final attempt to encourage people to go out and vote.  In “Vote Tomorrow”, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, Neil Patrick Harris, and others urge viewers to “just get out and vote” on November 8th.  They add humor to the video, along with more serious intonations, such as Julianne Moore saying, “No one has the right to stop you from casting your vote.”

Watch the full video below, and then make sure to get out and cast your vote tomorrow!

 

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ARE YOU OVER THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND READY TO CAST YOUR BALLOT? FIND OUT WHERE TO VOTE EARLY HERE

Caroline Slusarczyk

cnn.com

cnn.com

The 2016 Presidential Election feels like the longest one in history.  Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been at serious odds with each other throughout their campaigns, from three insane debates to a myriad of controversial jabs aimed at each other.  At this point, Election Day on November 8th can’t come quick enough!

The general election occurs on November 8th, which is a whole weekend away.  Do you want to beat the crowds on Tuesday and get your vote out of the way early?  Various states have polling stations open over the weekend, so you may be able to find one in your area.  Using this tool, enter your address to find out if and where you can cast your ballot before the 8th.

Early or not, we hope you get out and vote!  Then you can breathe a sigh of relief!

 

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WHO ARE THE CELEBS THAT WON'T BE VOTING FOR TRUMP NOVEMBER 8TH? WATCH THIS...

Caroline Slusarczyk

Joss Whedon/YouTube

Joss Whedon/YouTube

It's no surprise that when it comes to politics, the majority of A-listers tend to lean to the left and the 2016 Presidential election is no exception.  Safe to say, the current Presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is a screenplay no one could have written.  Of course Tinsel Town still has a Conservative following but, several famous Democrats have made it their mission to publicly denounce Trump and stand behind Hillary this election year!  Over the years, Hollywood is known for creating PSA’s that encourage fans to vote.  This year, several stars took the message one step further and flat out revealed why you don't wanna vote for Trump.

The WANNA curated a list of celebs below, who took the time to create PSA’s and "video" messages that share one very clear message, vote for Hillary!

Kathy Griffin

The comedian says “Donald, F*** Off!” in this hilarious new take on a moving Hillary Clinton campaign video.

Aziz Ansari

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari sarcastically addresses the fact that people seem to “need” celebrity voting ads to actually get out and vote.  On the more serious note, Ansari asserts that Trump “doesn’t believe in climate change” and “hates brown people.”

Robert DeNiro

This is one of the more scathing and direct anti-Trump videos, in which Robert DeNiro calls Trump a number of things, including “pig,” “blatantly stupid,” and says he would like to “punch him in the face.”  This one needs to be seen to be believed.

Keegan-Michael Key

Key & Peele star Keegan-Michael Key hilariously “forecasts” a Donald Trump presidency in this video from Joss Whedon.  Key references “smug looks” and “morons” who don’t believe in climate change, an apparent jab at Trump.

Joss Whedon Star-Packed “Save the Day” PSA

Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, James Franco, Julianne Moore, and more A-listers appear in this PSA created by Joss Whedon to address the more serious issues facing us this election.  One bit in particular has Don Cheadle emphatically calling out a “racist, abusive coward,” a not-so-subtle prod at Trump.  The celebs also address, “A man whose signature move is firing things.”  They insist that, “Every vote matters,” and jokingly bribe viewers with a Mark Ruffalo “nude scene” in his next movie.

Leonardo DiCaprio

In this short but important video, Leonardo DiCaprio, a longtime environmental activist and UN Representative for climate change, indirectly speaks about Trump’s ignorance to climate change.  If Leo can’t convince people to get out and vote, then no one can! 

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WHICH A-LIST CELEBS PERFORMED LIVE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS AND SUPPORT TEAM HILLARY?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

Monday, October 17th, Hollywood A-list came out to sing and dance, in hopes to help raise funds for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The star-studded Clinton fundraiser concert was held at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  Fans that couldn't snag a ticket to the concert tuned into Clinton's YouTube and Facebook pages which streamed the event live!  The night turned into a Hollywood who's, who event with several big time celebs who all said, "I'm with her!" including: Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Bassett, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt, Ansel Elgort and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The WANNA voted and delivered the best moments of the night below!  Drum roll please....

Lin-Manuel Miranda Reworks Hamilton Song

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of hit play Hamilton, rapped about Clinton and the importance of voting in a rewritten version of the song, "The World Was Wide Enough."  One memorable lyric goes, “Anybody here wanna shatter a glass ceiling?”

Bill Clinton Surprise Appearance

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the fundraiser in support of his wife, which brought the crowd to a standing ovation.  He spoke to the audience about Hillary, saying, “She is the single best change-maker that I have ever known…She will make you proud.”

Neil Patrick Harris Throws It Back

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Neil Patrick Harris reprised his Tony-winning role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”  He sang the song, “The Origin of Love” with a troupe of backup ballet dancers, which presented a beautiful, moving spectacle.

Angela Bassett and Helen Mirren Speeches

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Taking a break from all the song and dance, Angela Bassett recited Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech, while Helen Mirren performed a speech from Elizabeth Roosevelt.  Both A-listers called to mind the strength of women in our country’s past, as a salute to Hillary Clinton in her leadership role today.

Barbara Streisand “Phones In”

Barbara Streisand, one of the greatest singers of our time, lent her voice to the fundraiser, where she made introductions for the concert from Los Angeles.  She also appeared in a video for “Climb Every Mountain,” alongside Jamie Foxx.

And Of Course, Hillary Clinton’s Screen Appearance

Clinton herself could not make the fundraiser, but she did appear on screen in a good-humored segment.  She joked, “I auditioned for tonight's show and I wanted to sing with you, but Harvey and Jordan said I didn't make the cut,” in reference to the event’s producers, Harvey Weinstein and Jordan Roth.  She also said, “We’re in the final stretch of this campaign and we need your help to reach as many people as possible between now and election day.”

 

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CLINTON AND TRUMP ON THE ATTACK DURING PLANNED PARENTHOOD SPEECHES...

Gina Giordan

DUELING PLANNED PARENTHOOD SPEECHES LEAVE TRUMP ON THE DEFENSE AND SEVERAL HOLLYWOOD HEAVIES IN HILL'S CORNER!

Hillary Clinton speaking at Planned Parenthood Action Fund event. Photo by Associated Press.

Hillary Clinton speaking at Planned Parenthood Action Fund event. Photo by Associated Press.

Today, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gave back-to-back speeches on women’s issues and religious freedom, respectively.  

Donald Trump addressed thousands at the 2016 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C.  He had a more subdued speech than usual, until a group of protesters interrupted him and shouted things like, “No hate” and “Refugees are welcome here."  Trump let the protesters finish their official interruption and even smiled and said, "A little freedom of speech!"  Then he quickly stated, “These are professional agitators sent here by the other party.”  

Earlier in the day, Clinton supporters gathered in Washington, D.C. at "The Planned Parenthood Action Fund" event.  Clinton's speech went over without a hitch.  She took several jabs at Trump and at one point stated, that his plan for making America great again is code for, "Let's take America backward."  Clinton went on while the crowd erupted in cheers and applause, "When abortion was illegal, women had far fewer options and life for too many women and girls was limited.  Well, Donald, those days are over!”  

This Planned Parenthood speech comes just days after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination in the 2016 Presidential race.  Clinton has since gained the support of several Hollywood A-listers and most recently, President Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.  Photo from @HillaryClinton Twitter account

Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.  Photo from @HillaryClinton Twitter account

Just yesterday, Obama endorsed Clinton for President by posting a video that fully supported Clinton as the official 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate.  Obama stated, "I don't think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."  Trump immediately blasted Obama and tweeted, “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!”  Clinton did not back down from the insults, retorting with a tweet, “Delete your account. @DonaldTrump.”

Several Hollywood A-listers also took to Twitter to show their support for Clinton.

Pop star, Katy Perry, tweeted, “A lot of little girls are in bed right now dreaming for the first time, without limits.  You broke the mold @HillaryClinton.”

Actress, Eva Longoria, who has openly supported Hillary Clinton from the start of her campaign, tweeted “Congrats @HillaryClinton on becoming the first female nominee of any major party in the US! #HistoryMade #ImWithHer.”

Talk Show Host Ellen DeGeneres gave her two cents and tweeted, “I’ve never been prouder to have a woman card@HillaryClinton.” 

In addition to the tweets, music icon Barbara Streisand voiced her excitement for Clinton’s history-making nomination as well, stating, "I feel a tremendous rush of pride because this is a woman who is more than qualified to be president.  Isn't it interesting how a barrier seems insurmountable -- until it comes down? I hope girls across the country are thinking, 'That could be me.' And like I said after the first woman got a best director Academy Award, it's about time!"

Three-time Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep made it clear where her political loyalties lie at a “Shakespeare in the Park” event in Central Park on Monday night.  Streep donned a fake wig, fake tan and fat suit to portray Trump, drawing appreciative laughter from the audience. 

Meryl Streep dresses as Donald Trump. Streep by Roy Rochlin,.  Trump by D. Dipasupil/Film Magic, both from Getty Images

Meryl Streep dresses as Donald Trump. Streep by Roy Rochlin,.  Trump by D. Dipasupil/Film Magic, both from Getty Images

THE WANNA would love to hear what you think.  

Did Trump protesters go too far?  Who would you choose to moderate the official Trump vs. Clinton debate?