Tuesday afternoon, Alyssa Milano took to Twitter to offer an olive branch to supporters of President Donald Trump. In the tweet she said that she wanted to see Americans move forward together to “heal the nation.”
What the “Charmed” star hoped would be a message of peace resulted in fierce backlash. Milano found herself slammed by both supporters and opponents of the sitting president.
I’d like to extend an olive branch to Trump supporters.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 24, 2020
I am ready to move #ForwardTogether.
There’s so much work to do to heal the nation. Let’s be a part of the solution and not add to the problems we face.
My comments are open. Please reply with #ForwardTogether. ❤️
Alyssa Milano Has a History of Criticizing Conservatives
The actress has not been shy about her problems with the current administration. She had openly criticized not only President Trump but also his supporters. She compared the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants to Nazi Germany. In a 2019 tweet she compared the red MAGA hat to the white hoods worn by Klansmen, showing that her opinion of the president’s supporters was not much more positive.
The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 20, 2019
Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp
Milano went so far as to state that one could not support Trump and love America. She received plenty of backlash for those comments as well but refused to walk them back.
Both Sides Disagree with Milano
With the current political climate and Twitter being what it is, it’s not surprising that Milano received a heaping helping of snark from conservative Twitter users. Many angry commenters produced examples of Milano’s previous tweets. Some brought up her infamous glare during the Kavanaugh hearings. The message was clear that many Republicans are not ready to forgive her for her previous vitriolic comments.
You and your ilk have spent the last 4 years calling us unpatriotic racists and murderers. Suck on your olive branch…— Ava- I Love My USA! 🇺🇸 (@WEdwarda) November 24, 2020
With all due respect, you’re a petulant, hypocritical, self-important twit. You were hysterical with hate for four years but now you are ‘magnanimous’? Move along.— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) November 25, 2020
Likewise, some on the left were unhappy with Milano’s gesture of peace. Some cited racial divisions while others found that they agreed with her previous statements. The difference being that their antagonistic stance did not falter after the 2020 election.
It’s a no from me.— 🎀 Fikile 🎀 (@fikilebele) November 24, 2020
I’m not going to hold hands with racists or their enablers 🙁 pic.twitter.com/dG9QRasjZz
I would like to extend a big FU to trump supporters.— stop it (@planoldtired) November 24, 2020
I will never be ready to move on.
In recent years, it has been rare to see those on the left and right agree on much of anything. However, it seems that Milano’s detractors have come together under the opinion that this olive branch is insincere at best.