Donald Trump pays tribute to ‘great’ late actress Kirstie Alley

Donald Trump remarks on his return to Twitter

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Donald Trump spoke glowingly of the late actress Kirstie Alley, who has just died age 71 after a short battle with cancer. The award-winning actress had controversially declared years earlier that the shamed ex-president deserved his Twitter account back, leading to a gushing tribute by him.

Yesterday, Trump acknowledged the star, who also received loving tributes from the likes of John Travolta, on the Truth Social network.

“Kirstie was a great person who truly loved the USA. She will be missed!!!” he wrote.

The Cheers star previously said she’d landed herself in hot water due to her vocal support for the former president, quipping: “You can be cooking meth and sleeping with hookers, as long as apparently you didn’t vote for Trump.

“I feel like I’m in The Twilight Zone a bit, with the whole concept of it.”

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Kirstie had continued, during a 2021 US TV interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox Nation, that she had been warned by industry reps not to reveal her political leanings.

She also said she’d been referred to as “brave” after admitting she intended to vote for Trump in the 2020 elections.

However, she then wondered if she’d merely been “stupid” for taking the risk of being alienated over her choice.

“It’s so strange to me because artists are free-thinkers, for the most part,” she lamented.

She also admitted that she had been unfollowed by huge swathes of the public after confessing her admiration for Trump.

“I’m the same person. I’m the girl who voted for Obama twice,” she challenged.

“You liked me when I voted for Obama and now you’re this? It’s made me have to rethink, weirdly, my whole friendships.”

When Trump caught sight of the emotional TV interview, he spoke out to call her “strong and smart”, while praising her abilities as an actress.

She later retweeted his “very kind acknowledgment”, adding: “Thank you Sir, I wish you were still on Twitter… as you should be.”

Trump wasn’t the only famous figure to pay tribute to Kirstie after her death.

John Travolta, her co-star on Look Who’s Talking, vowed that they would be reunited in the afterlife as he penned a short yet intensely emotional dedication to her.

“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had,” he admitted on Instagram.

The Grease star added: “I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Jamie Lee Curtis also weighed in with her own view, declaring Kirstie a “beautiful mama bear in real life”, following her appearances as a “comic foil” on TV Scream Queens.

“We agreed to disagree about some things, but had a mutual respect and affection. Sad news,” she added.

Meanwhile, actress Ever Carradine reminisced that Kirstie had always thrown the “best parties” and “told me I was funny every single day on Veronica’s Closet”, adding that she’d given her parakeets as a wrap gift.

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