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Politifact Rates Trump’s Swipe at Clinton’s Hollywood Supporters ‘Mostly False’

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Earlier this week, Donald Trump took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s Hollywood supporters — he said that in many cases they were personalities who “aren’t very hot anymore.”

Politifact, the fact-checking website run by the Tampa Bay Times, actually looked in to Trump’s claim, and their conclusion is that it is “mostly false.”

“Trump has a point that out of hundreds of celebrities endorsing Clinton, some have faded,” Politifact says.

“But the data doesn’t lie. Many prolific Clinton-backing stars remain popular according to several metrics: social media influence, earning potential, and popularity on celebrity news blogs and websites. Supporters like Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Meryl Streep and George Clooney are arguably the most visible and enthusiastic.”

The site consulted with E-Poll Market Research, which measures celebrity likability, and found that Clinton’s 200 most politically active Hollywood backers had an “E-Score” of 86 out of 100. Trump’s backers fared worse, with a score of 64 out of 100. (Topping his list was Chuck Norris, whose score was 99 out of 100).

Perhaps confusing to Trump is that 900 celebrities have endorsed Clinton, meaning that there are plenty of names on her list venturing into the “Where Are They Now?” territory. But judging by Trump’s numbers, he has a number of names that are, as an E-Poll official told them, “obscure.”

The irony of all of this is that there are plenty of celebrity figures who may very well boost their E-Score by speaking out on Clinton and Trump. Nothing like an election year to get you back in the public eye.