As election day — Nov. 3, 2020 — inches closer, see which stars are supporting these presidential hopefuls
The race is on.
As the 2020 field of presidential candidates continues to narrow, the solid remaining 16 contenders have A-list supporters who’ve been vocal about who they want to see as the next president of the United States.
From Oscar winners to internationally known pop stars, see who is on team Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and beyond.
The current president, who was impeached by the House of Representatives on Dec. 18, 2019, on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in connection with his Ukraine scandal, has his status as commander-in-chief hanging in the balance. Trump, who will likely have to stand trial in the Senate in the new year, must beat out fellow republicans Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, if he wants to remain in the White House.
Despite the current chaos surrounding Trump and his administration, the 73-year-old still has some famous supporters on his side. His most well-known ally is rapper Kanye West.
To make sure his fans knew where he stood coming into 2019, West sent out a string of tweets to set the record straight. “Just so in 2019 you know where I stand,” he tweeted before posting three dragon emojis and writing, “Trump all day.”
In May 2019, actor Jon Voight also pledged his allegiance to the president and tweeted out a two-part video to share why Trump has been “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.”
Voight followed up the impeachment vote by tweeting another video in support of the president, called “In God We Trust”.
In the clip, the actor claims that “if the impeachment proceeds, America will fall — for President Trump has built it back and the extreme left are destroying this nation’s glory.”
The former vice president has director Rob Reiner on his side. The 72-year-old expressed his stance in a tweet, writing, “We have a great field of candidates running for President. We should be supportive of them all. But if ever there was a time in our nation’s history that we needed someone to restore our soul & standing as leader of the free world, it’s now. Joe Biden will do that on day one.”
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin shared his requirements for who the next president should be, only to drive home that Biden is the candidate for him.
“The main things I want in a nominee, however, are twofold: (1) someone who can beat Trump, and (2) someone who would actually be a good/ great president,” Martin wrote in his blog in May 2019. “Biden qualifies on both counts. Also, the speech he gave announcing his run was kickass… and so, so true. I wish him well.”
One of Biden’s earliest supporters is Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan. She shared her excitement after he had initially announced that was running on Instagram, writing, “I’m thrilled that @joebiden announced that he’s running for President!”
“Ultimately, I believe that the Vice President is the ideal candidate to unify our country with his experience, knowledge and track record of fighting for Americans,” she continued, before adding, “Most importantly, VP Biden has a reputation for getting things done – from implementing the most comprehensive and progressive investments in our nation’s infrastructure and clean energy industries, to writing the Violence Against Women Act, to taking on the the NRA and winning (twice!). He’s the candidate that I’m proud to support because he will do what it takes to restore the soul of this nation, rebuild the backbone of the country, and unify America.”
Other supporters include Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (via CNN).
The senator from Massachusetts is teeming with celebrity support, including from Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness. On Twitter, the star shared how he knew Warren was for him.
“The moment I knew I was endorsing @ewarren was last month when I misplaced my HIV meds. It cost $3500 to replace them out of pocket with ‘amazing’ plantinum level insurance. Healthcare shouldn’t be for profit ever, it’s a human right,” he tweeted in September 2019, alluding to Warren’s Medicare-for-all stance.
Warren also has John Legend and Chrissy Teigen‘s cosign, along with that of musician Melissa Etheridge.
“We Look forward to the Warren Presidency!” Legend tweeted at the nominee, while Etheridge took the straight-forward route and tweeted, “I am officially pledging my support for @ewarren for her candidacy for president!”
Sen. Sanders has Cardi B on his side — okurrr! The star sat down with the 78-year-old in August 2019 to discuss important issues that affect every day American people, including police brutality against black men and minorities, protecting immigrants, health care and more.
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon was seen speaking at a Sanders rally in August 2019, while in November, the candidate and singer Ariana Grande expressed support for each other. The “Thank U, Next” singer thanked the presidential hopeful for coming to her show and shared that her team has helped register more than 20,000 young people so they can vote in the upcoming election.
Another big star backing Sanders is Emily Ratajkowski. The 28-year-old was featured on the candidate’s YouTube channel to share why she’s feeling the Bern.
“Bernie is extremely genuine,” she began. “He’s consistent. He’s powerful, not because of who he is as one person, but because of the way that he invigorates people, and excites them, and brings together this movement.”
She added: “Bernie has always been very clear about how he advocates for women’s health care, which is hugely important to me.
Other supporters include Miley Cyrus, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover (via AOL) and Jack Nicholson.
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has been extremely popular with Hollywood. According to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission, reported by TMZ, Mayor Pete has had Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow, Larry David, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Murphy, Sharon Stone and more donate to his 2020 campaign.
Actress Sharon Stone shared her endorsement on Instagram, writing, “I support PETE for president because I believe he is the candidate that will take us to a safer, more thoughtful future!”
In late December, actor Kevin Costner endorsed Buttigieg at an Iowa rally.
Shameless star Emmy Rossum showed her support via Instagram and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane expressed his opinion on Buttigieg being “one of the best Presidential candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime,” on Twitter in July 2019.
This Is Us star Mandy Moore also shared that she’s #TeamPete on Instagram.
She posted a selfie of the two during their time together in Iowa, writing, “I don’t usually get involved in politics, but @pete.buttigieg is just so darn brilliant and inspiring—he’s the person America needs as president right now.”
Other supporters include Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Garner, Ben Platt, Anthony Rapp (via TMZ) and George Takei.
The senator from Minnesota has former Glee star Jane Lynch on her side. The actress tweeted, “If you like Amy, now is the time to support her $. I like her and I supported her,” adding Klobuchar’s website to close out her tweet.
Other supporters include Jane Fonda and Teri Hatcher (via LA Times).
Yang Gang gained another member when tech entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted his support of Yang in August 2019. Musk tweeted “I support Yang” in response to a comment made by Hardcore History Twitter’s Dan Carlin.
According to CNBC, Musk and Yang hold similar views on the need for universal basic income in the United States. Musk told the outlet in 2016 that “there is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,” and one of Yang’s biggest campaign promises has been to give American citizens, who are 18 or older, $1,000 a month since he believes robots and other automated services will continue to replace humans in the workforce.
In Jan. 2020, comedian Dave Chappelle announced his support in a release sent out by the Yang campaign prior to the seventh democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, which stated, “I’m Yang Gang!” CNN reported. Yang responded by saying that he and Chappelle “share similar concerns about the future” and added, “We are also parents who see the world that we are leaving to our kids and believe they deserve better,” in his own statement.
Yang did not qualify for the debate that took place in Iowa on Jan. 14, but he was missed.
Norm Macdonald tweeted that Yang “is the only candidate addressing problems for the future” before joking that he planned on “hacking Mr. Yan’s twitter-feed to live-tweet” the debate. Meghan McCain also expressed her disappointment that Yang did not qualify for the debate, tweeting, “I miss @AndrewYang & @TulsiGabbard #DemocraticDebate”
Other supporters include Donald Glover, Nicolas Cage, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Noah Centineo and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
The former mayor of New York City entered the race fairly late in the game (on Nov. 24, 2019) after announcing in March that he wasn’t going to run for president, but that didn’t deter Judy Sheindlin, famously known as Judge Judy, from pledging her support. The Emmy-award winner wrote an op-ed in USA Today outlining why Bloomberg is her top choice.
“An independent, tough-minded businessman, he represents our best chance to bring America together again and begin the long national process of healing,” Sheindlin wrote.
“We need a no-nonsense president who’s sane, competent and honest, someone who can’t be bought and has no skin in the game. As he showed during 12 years as mayor in New York City Hall, Michael Bloomberg fits the bill,” she continued.
“He’s a self-made billionaire, a man who made a lot of money in a very straightforward, transparent way. He’s an advocate for strong action on climate change. He believes in reasonable gun control, like the vast majority of Americans. He believes in making certain that the criminal element in our society — which scars the life of so many — is treated firmly, swiftly and fairly,” she added.
“I feel so blessed that in this particularly difficult time that we have one of the greatest candidates in the history of our elections,” Douglas said.
In his view, Bloomberg offers “a rare opportunity to coalesce and bring us back together, get rid of all this horrid, negative scare tactics that are going on, and the fact that he’s succeeded to the degree that he has is phenomenal.”
Ted Danson announced on Jan. 27, 2020 that he’s all for the former mayor because “he has the strongest track record on climate change and will do the most to fight it.”
He further explained on Instagram that the candidate plans to “completely phase out emissions in the electricity sector” and most importantly, “invest first in communities that have suffered most from coal pollution or have been left behind in the transition to clean energy.”
The star concluded his post by adding a link to Bloomberg’s website, where his followers can learn more about the candidate’s climate efforts.
Tim Gunn is also backing Bloomberg, and has officially joined on as a member of Bloomberg’s LGBTQ Leadership Council.
“When I talked to his campaign yesterday, they said, ‘We’re getting into this late’ and I thought, Maybe that’s a real advantage,” Gunn told PEOPLE. “He hasn’t been part of this squabbling and bickering. Now he can just ride in like a knight in shining armor.”