Comedian Dave Chappelle Is Personally Calling Voters in Maryland
The anti-Trump 'Half Baked' and 'Undercover Brother' star is helping out the state's Democratic nominee for governor, Ben Jealous
Comedian Dave Chappelle (shown above left) is kicking things into high gear to try to earn support for Democrats in the midterms.
The “Half Baked” star has been spending part of his Tuesday by personally calling Maryland voters and asking them to support the state’s Democratic nominee for governor, Ben Jealous.
Jealous is running against Republican Larry Hogan, who is seeking his second term in office.
“Put me on your speakerphone, please,” Chappelle told one voter he cold-called in a video posted to Twitter.
“This is absolutely Dave Chappelle the comedian, and I’m calling you guys with fantastic news: You’re on the cusp of having a wonderful governor in the state of Maryland named Ben Jealous.”
The comedian continued, “Ben and my father were best friends. He’s my godbrother. I’ve known him all my life and I’m here supporting him because I think he’s going to do the right thing by Maryland. And I would never endorse anything or anyone I don’t believe in.”
This is what happens when @DaveChappelle calls you personally to tell you why you should support @BenJealous, the top candidate for Maryland's gubernatorial race. #Vote #ElectionDay #November6 pic.twitter.com/fc7rAqYCeJ
— Velvet Johnson, Esq. (@mycyberattorney) November 4, 2018
Chappelle is a native of Washington, D.C., and his personal connection to Jealous is obviously what is pushing him motivated to get involved; but he’s also become more outspokenly leftist under the presidency of Trump.
Chappelle recently told CNN in an interview that Trump is “surfing” a wave of racism to success.
“He’s getting too much credit,” the comedian said of Trump.
“He’s not making the wave [of racism], he’s surfing it.”
In addition to calling voters on behalf of Jealous, Chappelle also went door-to-door with the potential governor over the weekend.
In one video posted to Jealous’ Twitter account, Chappelle can be seen carrying a woman’s groceries.
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) November 4, 2018
Chappelle is just one of many celebrities who’s been campaigning for Democrats across the country.
Comedic actor Will Ferrell and media mogul Oprah Winfrey went door-to-door for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia.
Chappelle is best known for the Comedy Central series, “Chappelle’s Show,” which ran from 2003 to 2006. He has also starred in such films as “Half Baked,” “Undercover Brother” and “Screwed.”
He currently can be seen in the movie “A Star Is Born,” which stars Lady Gaga and “American Sniper” lead Bradley Cooper — who also directed the picture. The movie has earned over $165 million domestically on a budget of just $36 million.
It’s also considered by many to be a frontrunner for all major Oscar categories.
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