Garth Brooks, Dennis Quaid & Dr. Oz are part of pro-Trump/pandemic ad blitz

President Donald Trump Departs the White House to a Rally in Ohio

The Republican Party never has many good or talented celebrities in their ranks. Usually, Republicans are too uncool to even care about that, but Donald Trump cares. Trump desperately wants to be accepted by cool Hollywood types. But even with the bargain basement celebrities usually on offer for the GOP, the Trump era has been particularly pathetic. Jon Voight, Scott Baio and Ted Nugent. Kid Rock. Kanye West, of course. That was about it. But now some better celebrities are getting involved with the Trump administration. And I have to ask: are these a–holes getting paid millions to feign support? I think they are. I can’t see Garth Brooks getting out of bed for less than $5 million. Renting Dr. Oz probably costs about $100K. And Dennis Quaid? My guess is a cool million. So why are Oz, Quaid and Brooks joining forces with Emperor Baby Fists? It’s for something clearly illegal and completely unhinged.

The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump and executed in part by close allies of the official, using taxpayer funds.

The ad blitz, described in some budget documents as the “Covid-19 immediate surge public advertising and awareness campaign,” is expected to lean heavily on video interviews between administration officials and celebrities, who will discuss aspects of the coronavirus outbreak and address the Trump administration’s response to the crisis, according to six individuals with knowledge of the campaign who described its workings to POLITICO.

Senior administration officials have already recorded interviews with celebrities like actor Dennis Quaid and singer CeCe Winans, and the Health and Human Services Department also has pursued television host Dr. Mehmet Oz and musician Garth Brooks for roles in the campaign.

The public awareness campaign, which HHS is seeking to start airing before Election Day on Nov. 3, was largely conceived and organized by Michael Caputo, the health department’s top spokesperson who took medical leave last week and announced on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Caputo, who has no medical or scientific background, claimed in a Facebook video on Sept. 13 that the campaign was “demanded of me by the president of the United States. Personally.”

“The Democrats — and, by the way, their conjugal media and the leftist scientists that are working for the government — are dead set against it,” Caputo told his Facebook followers in the Sept. 13 video. “They cannot afford for us to have any good news before November because they’re already losing. … They’re going to come after me because I’m going to be putting $250 million worth of ads on the air.”

The campaign is indeed under investigation by Democrats, who have charged that the massive ad blitz is an attempt to boost Trump’s standing on Covid-19 before the election and have unsuccessfully called on HHS to halt the contract. POLITICO first reported the planned campaign.

[From Politico]

“Their conjugal media and the leftist scientists…” Yay, science is the purview of leftists now. Anyway, yeah, $300 million of taxpayer money being spent on an ad campaign blitz just before the election to tell people that Donald Trump has done a bigly tremendous job with the pandemic, and you can trust Trump because Dennis Quaid and Garth Brooks are being paid to say so. Holy yikes.

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  1. VS says:

    Dennis Quaid too? my goodness

  2. Who ARE these people? says:

    Dr. Oz fulfills the final promise of his career as a craven, pathetic, greedy and untrustworthy shill.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ whoarethesepeople : I agree. I was shocked to find Dr. Oz used to be a highly respected surgeon. But I guess the respect of your peers and a substantial income paled when compared to the millions he could make endorsing BS green tea diets on the internet.

    • Kitten says:

      Oz? They need to try harder!

      THE ROCK IN ALL HIS GLORY just endorsed Biden, and his MAGA following is huge so this is a serious boon.

      Actors worth a damn won’t bother, or often speak in opposition. Popular authors skewer the GOP. Musicians who actually make good music won’t allow Republicans to use it.

      Republicans are desperate for star power now.. and they’re not above lying and manipulation to make it appear like they have it.

      Fortunately, I hear Eastwood’s available to recreate his empty chair rant. That reprise should be a treat.

      • Anabe says:

        The comments on the Rock’s Biden endorsement are appalling. And to be expected. “But did you sit down with Trump.” Seriously??? We have lived in this shitshow and listened to his lies for how long? What would be the point?

      • clomo says:

        Dirty Harry has gone democratic lol! I went to school with a couple of his kids and saw him a lot, down to earth guy but he has his issues. I have some of his stuff at my house! I live in the town he was mayor of. He signed my boob when I was 16 and in a local grocery store. This was like a century ago but awesome , as he was campaigning at the time and the men he was with said “there goes the election”. Funny times, I could write a book of all these crazy famous people I have known or partied with. Thanks mom!

    • holly hobby says:

      I am not surprised by dr. oz after he said Covid was overblown in that stupid fox interview (along with Phil). Bunch of f—ing yahoos.

      I see orangina is wasting my money again. Throwing money in hopes the problem will go away.

  3. grabbyhands says:

    I mean, we all knew Dr Oz was a fraud, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’d whore himself to someone who would tell him his opinion was relevant, but I’m surprised about the other two showing themselves as lying douchebags for someone as worthless as tiny hands.

    • Honora says:

      I’m surprised. I don’t watch him but I thought he had like a certain vibe to his brand. It seems to be this will basically kill his brand . OR change his fan group to stupid people who believe things trump says. He’s not a dr who tells people to live on kfc and Diet Coke (and be obese) as far as I know so I never suspected him to be connected with trump

      • Kkat says:

        Oz shills dangerous non science backed weight loss supplements, cleanses, mlm bullshit. So I am not at all surprised. He sold out a long time ago for cash

  4. Also Ali says:

    Country music star stands up for Trump. Color me not shocked.

    • Chica1971 says:

      You have black gospel singer CeCe Winans too.. the infection is everywhere

      • Thirtynine says:

        I can’t believe CeCe Winans would be involved in this! I am shocked! I hope that this is a mistake.

      • Mal2 says:

        Yes, but she came out and said she was interviewed awhile ago on Covid–and it wasn’t political questions she answered. She was trying to inspire hope. She made it sound like she was tricked.

      • Lanie says:

        After Tina Campbell’s Trump voting nonsense, I trust no gospel artists.

        Shoulda known better. Appealing to people by sneaking Jesus into RnB.

      • Lanie says:

        After Tina Campbell’s Trump voting nonsense, I trust no gospel artists.

        Shoulda known better. Appealing to people by sneaking Jesus into RnB.

  5. Jerusha says:

    “Senior administration officials have already recorded interviews with celebrities like actor Dennis Quaid and singer CeCe Winans, and the Health and Human Services Department also has pursued television host Dr. Mehmet Oz and musician Garth Brooks for roles in the campaign.”

    I can’t name a single Garth Brooks song apart from The Dance( which I like), but why throw him under the bus unless he actually works with them? They’re “pursuing” him. He’s always come across as fairly liberal to me. I guess we’ll see.

    • SamC says:

      I agree…based on the header and only skimming the text I assumed Garth Brooks was part of this and also supporting Trump’s re-election, which really surprised me. Went back and re read after this comment to see they only “pursued” and for now, at least, is not part of it. Same with Dr. Oz, though I have to admit he’s one I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he was involved in, his credibility is down the tubes.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I have a hard time believing Brooks is helping Trump. I could be wrong, but his wife posted a bunch oh RBG tweets referencing women’s issues and rights. They never seemed as conservative as a lot of other country music singers. I would be interested in hearing if this is confirmed. Dr. Oz on the other hand would do anything for fame and $$. I am surprised Dr. Drew isn’t on the list too …sigh.

  6. MattyLove says:

    Is Garth Brooks actually part of this, though? It said he was “pursued.” His politics are actually known to lean left and he declined to play Trump’s inauguration.

    I wonder if his name was thrown in without him having actually agreed to be involved in anything.

    Edited to add something I didn’t know or had forgotten: Brooks played at Obama’s inauguration celebration.

    • Juls says:

      I’m guessing that we will soon learn what Brooks thinks about this. He seems to be a fairly private person, but Dumpty is forcing his hand here. If Brooks does not approve, he has the money and the clout to shut this down quickly. He may not want to offend his fan base by outright denouncing Dumpty, but honestly his fan base goes far beyond Dumpty supporters. I think if Brooks is forced to now shut this down, it will prove to be a grave miscalculation by the Dumpty team to have attached the Brooks name to their initiative. I hope Brooks has the balls to loudly proclaim that his is anti-Trump. I hope he does. If he is a supporter, I will be really disappointed.

      • Jerusha says:

        I don’t know if he’ll go public(would love if he did), but he happily played Obama’s inauguration and declined trump’s invite for his.

      • Diana says:

        I watch Trisha Yearwoods cooking show… I would be shocked if he partakes. They both seem left leaning to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • Juls says:

        She has a cooking show? I’m going to have to check that out.

      • eezer says:

        there is no way in hell he’s a trump supporter. he is famously liberal and a devotee of jimmy carter, as is trisha yearwood. she’s all over twitter wearing masks and asking her fans to do so. they always say, like jimmy carter “it isn’t about politics, it is about helping people” which – is sadly in 2020 a liberal thing to say.

        i could see him participating in a totally positive health conscious PSA about mask wearing or social distancing. but never a political ad.

        however, the administration should have been doing that back in march.

  7. Ariel says:

    Oz was always trash, disavowed by medical institutions and colleagues for years.
    Disgusted by Quaid – it does stop any money I might have spent to see a movie with him in it.
    Garth Brooks- had no idea he was still alive. Perhaps the billions he made in the early 90s ran out.
    What an unAmerican, fascist propaganda money grab.
    May they all feel negative financial consequences of their money grab.

    • ME says:

      Is that true about Oz or just more recent? I had a colleague who had open heart surgery by Dr. Oz and really talked about his brilliance and bedside manner. I think he sold out for fame and pursues quackery but like Carson was once well respected.

  8. Larelyn says:

    Forgive me if i am not getting it, but the WH asked HHS to create ads spinning Grump’s Covid non-actions in a positive light, so HHS decided to spend $250M from their own budget right before a presidential election? And the Dems are mad… presumably because funding should come from campaign funds, right? Did I get any of this right?

  9. McMom says:

    Misleading to include Garth Brooks – just because they are pursuing him doesn’t mean he’s doing it. I have a hunch that Trisha Yearwood (his wife) would have some thoughts about the matter.

  10. Also Ali says:

    Dennis Quad made a statement:

    “What I was doing, I did a PSA for Dr. Anthony Fauci and he was kind enough to grant me an interview as well, and the interview and the PSA were about raising awareness of COVID-19 and what we can still do to prevent lives being lost to this terrible, terrible virus. It was about the importance of wearing a mask and social distanicing and it was in no way political. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci and I both talked about it before that it was not to be political, as the virus is not political. I was not paid one penny for doing this interview and nether was Dr. Anthony Fauci. “

    • Esmom says:

      Interesting that he doesn’t mention Trump and only talks about Fauci. So Trump is using this interview as an endorsement?

  11. PoppedBubble says:

    According to Ce Ce Winans, she was asked by the Surgeon General. I know the SG has also been an ass and is part of the HHS, but I still see that differently that stumping for Trump.

    • Thirtynine says:

      Thanks for that, popped bubble. Yes, CeCe stresses it was a public health message to encourage masks etc and was in no way political.

      • Lanie says:

        That reads like CYA to me. CeCe’s brother BeBe was talking about not living in fear. That is, until he, their brother and their mother caught Coronavirus.

        I trust none of them. What kind of fool does a PSA without getting all the details? Where were her PR people?

  12. Bibi says:

    Bande d’imbéciles

  13. Khia says:

    Garth Brooks is quite adamant that he is privare but also supports those who support his deceased gay sister. NOT a Trumper is he.

  14. sandra rifkin-bass says:

    Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, are quite liberal in their politics. Trisha has a cooking show on Food Network and often shows her gay friends. And, I may be wrong, but I think Brooks has a gay sister whom he is quite proud of. I doubt they are Trumpers.

    • Sue M says:

      Garth Brooks performed at Obama’s inauguration. His wife Trisha Yearwood introduced Michelle Obama at the Nashville stop of her book tour. I think it is highly unlikely that Brooks would partake in anything Trumpian.

    • Sue M says:

      Garth Brooks performed at Obama’s inauguration. His wife Trisha Yearwood introduced Michelle Obama at the Nashville stop of her book tour. I think it is highly unlikely that Brooks would partake in anything Trumpian.

  15. Kelly says:

    Saying Garth Brooks is part of it is different than what is said in the article, just that they pursued him. I thought he was a kind of undercover Dem.

  16. beff says:

    Re: Garth Brooks – I will wait until the campaign is launched to judge. I’m hopeful that he told Caputo to f*ck off – he refused to play the inauguration…

    I mean, imagine if they had used $300MM back in March/ April urging people to take COVID seriously, to mask up and social distance?

  17. Watson says:

    “I’ve got friends in low places…”

  18. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I think people jumped the gun on this situation and are publicizing it incorrectly. Much of this is speculation or twisting the tidbits of information into a totally different story. I’m pretty sure Garth Brooks is a liberal.

  19. KBeth says:

    OZ is sleazy & creep AF.

  20. jwoolman says:

    All the proposed participants have to do is insist it not be aired until after the election. Likewise, Congress can insist on that as proof that it isn’t just a Donald Trump campaign ad paid for by taxpayers.

  21. Berlin says:

    Why does Oz look so much like Beelzebub now? Let’s guess.

  22. Dara says:

    If Michael Caputo came up with this, that is all I need to know. It is quite likely the participants were lied to and told these would be non-political PSA’s.

  23. Lauren says:

    I’m done with Dr. Oz.

  24. Normades says:

    Garth Brooks is not a part of this. He’s apparently a Democrat and refused to preform at the inauguration.00

  25. Valerie says:

    Dr. Fraud, I mean, Oz, has always been this way.

  26. FancyPants says:

    So, this ad campaign is going to be… “Stop being sad about how we f’d this up?” How does that work? Won’t people be offended by that?

  27. Carmelita says:

    Why is it always dusty old d-list has-beens who run conservative?

  28. Greta G says:

    The POLITICO article was erroneous. Dennis Quaid is livid! He hates Trump. He was under the impression that it would be just his interview with Dr. Fauci to get the correct scientific facts out there.

  29. Lucy2 says:

    Anyone who agreed to do this needs to look at Caputo’s political statements right up there and reassess what they are doing.

  30. Veronica S. says:

    Garth Brooks is a shocker if he does. I never read him as a hard right winger.

    And actually…googling it is suggesting some of these guys may have been misled about what the interviews were about and holy shit if that’s true…damn that is shady. I’d be pissed in their position.

    • Rise and Shine says:

      Veronica, exactly! I even pushed for a nonpartisan COVID statement just to raise public awareness, and it started to veer pro Trump and it made me so mad, and I didn’t want to but I bailed. I was not going to sit there and watch them pervert it into a pro Trump thing. I don’t know Garth Brooks or Trisha Yearwood that well, but they have Nashville connections as I do and I have done some charity stuff with them, Habitat for humanity, kids charities in Tennessee and elsewhere, and they are both pretty liberal Democrats. They are really nice people. Was talking to friends and family the other day, and we all knew it would be awkward, kind of a no-win situation for him, but we were all sure he would not go along with it in the end. Can’t believe he did. Mistake, hope he corrects it.

  31. shanaynay says:

    Nothing shocks me anymore. Didn’t Garth cheat on his wife with TY? If he did, his opinion means nothing as far as I’m concerned.

  32. Happy_fat_mama says:

    Honestly people, I think that older voters could be persuaded by dr oz to support the incumbent. It’s not good. This is very bad.