Trump Administration Reportedly Had to Exclude a Bunch of Anti-Trump Celebs From $250 Million Coronavirus Ad Campaign

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A total of 264 celebrities and public figures were excluded from a $250 million advertising contract — which aimed to “defeat despair and inspire hope” amid the coronavirus pandemic — for being too critical of President Donald Trump and his policies, according to a Washington Post report. 

Trump political appointees reportedly judged which celebrities could be included in the public health campaign based on past political stances. A top Trump administration official claimed “partisan political interests” swayed who was included in the contract, and many celebrities did not make the cut due to their support of former President Barack Obama and of LGBTQ+ rights.

Jennifer Lopez was reportedly excluded because she criticized the president’s
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