As election day — Nov. 3, 2020 — inches closer, see which stars are supporting these presidential hopefuls

By Diane J. Cho
March 25, 2020 04:49 PM
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The race is on.

As the 2020 field of presidential candidates continues to narrow, the solid remaining 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 and team Joe Biden.

Donald Trump

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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, had his status as commander-in-chief hanging in the balance. Then, on Feb. 5, Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

Only one Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney — a former Republican presidential nominee — joined with Democrats in voting to convict and remove Trump from office. The president continued to insist he did nothing wrong, despite the case against him.

In spite of the 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.”

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He also opened up about his love for the president in a March 2020 interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying that — although he doesn’t follow politics or is registered to vote — he would’ve voted for Trump in 2016. He added that they “are both dragon energy.”

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.”

Other supporters include Roseanne Barr, Scott Baio (via Fox News) and Stacey Dash (via NYT).

Joe Biden

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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.”

Cher came out in support of the former VP in February 2020, tweeting that she wished him luck “Today&Everyday.”

“HES A Honest Kind Civil Man.He Has Some amends to Make,But I know him & Belive in him,” she added in another tweet.

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.

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“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.”

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New Edition founder Mike Bivins said he was endorsing Biden, according to the Biden campaign in March 2020.

“We need someone in the Oval Office that will fight for everyone,” Bivins said in a statement, in part. “We need Joe Biden who has spent his entire career calling out and tackling systematic racism and has always fought and delivered for every community no matter their zip code, race, or income. Joe Biden has the experience of getting things done. He is the bridge we need in our society right now.”

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On March 16, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour made her own statement on supporting Biden. Her remarks came after denouncing President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I, like so many of us, have been appalled by how he has responded to the pandemic—the optimistic and fact-free assurances that all will be fine, the chaotic implementation of travel bans and claims about a ‘foreign virus,’ the narcissistic ease with which he has passed blame to others, his dishonesty with the American people, and worst of all, his shocking lack of empathy and compassion for those who are suffering and fearful,” Wintour wrote of President Trump. “Meanwhile, his administration has been unforgivably slow to provide testing, and to mobilize treatment to all who will need it. These weeks have been a reminder—as if we needed a reminder—that America must choose a new president.”

“And it is my belief that we should choose Vice President Joe Biden,” Wintour continued. “I have been impressed with the wider field of Democratic candidates this primary season, but after Biden’s decisive victories on Super Tuesday, I, like so many Americans, made up my mind to rally behind the Vice President. He is unmistakably a man of character and has so many qualities that we are in desperately short supply of in Washington right now: decency, honor, compassion, trustworthiness, and best of all experience.”

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On the 50th observance of Earth Day, Al Gore — former vice president and longtime climate activist — is unequivocally for Biden.

“This is the clearest most definitive choice in a national election that the United States of American has ever faced, especially for people who care about the climate,” Gore told the Associated Press in April 2020.

“If there is any person in America who cares about the climate crisis and has any doubt whatsoever about the importance of voting for Joe Biden this November, I want to emphasize to that person in as strong a way as I possibly can: This is not complicated,” Gore told the outlet. “This is not rocket science. This is not a close call.”

Hillary Clinton made a candid statement in a tweet on April 28, 2020, writing, "I wish we had @JoeBiden's leadership in the Oval Office right now."

"Americans deserve a president who will manage the COVID-19 crisis with the compassion, competence, and respect for science we need to save lives and revive the economy," she added, before directing people to Biden's website.

Other supporters include former President Barack Obama, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (via CNN) and former presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.