Katy Perry ‘Roars’ for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

Associated Press

Pop star Katy Perry appeared alongside Hillary Clinton to rally voters one last time in Philadelphia on Saturday, with polls set to open across the United States in less than 72 hours.

The 32-year-old singer — one of Clinton’s top celebrity supporters — joined the Democratic presidential candidate at the Mann Center on Saturday for a campaign rally and mini-concert, during which she performed some of her hit songs and came onstage in a cape emblazoned with the words, “I’m with Madam President.”


“Are you ready to vote for Hillary?” a fired-up Perry asked the crowd in Philadelphia, according to the Daily Mail. “It’s okay to have some fun and still change the world, right?”

Before the pop star performed some of her hits, including “Dark Horse,” “Part of Me” and “Wide Awake,” Clinton introduced the singer by telling supporters she wanted to hear them “roar,” referring to the title of one of Perry’s most popular songs.

“I am thrilled to be able to introduce a performer whose music has a wonderful message,” Clinton said of Perry. “I love the message: when you get knocked down, as everybody does, what matters is, get back up.”

Perry has long been a supporter of the former Secretary of State. The singer appeared alongside Clinton at a rally in Iowa ahead of the state’s caucuses in February and last month rallied millennial voters by knocking on dorm room doors at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The singer also spoke and performed at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

Pennsylvania has become a battleground state in this year’s election, with most polls showing Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by a very slim margin.

Perry was just one of several big-name musical acts hitting the campaign trail for Clinton this week.

On Friday, rapper Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé performed a free concert for Clinton in the battleground state of Ohio. Approximately 10,000 people took in the performance in Cleveland, which saw the pair’s backup dancers dressed in blue pantsuits in tribute to Clinton’s preferred wardrobe.

Trump mocked the star-studded performance at a rally in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, telling the packed audience that he didn’t need Jay Z and J. Lo (Jennifer Lopez, who performed for Clinton in Miami last week) to fill arenas. Trump also blasted Jay Z and Beyoncé’s expletive-filled performance.

“He used every word in the book last night,” Trump said of Jay Z. “He used language last night that was so bad — and then Hillary said, ‘I don’t like Trump’s lewd language.'”

Other stars set to campaign for Clinton in the two days leading up to Election Day include LeBron James, James Taylor and veteran rockers Bon Jovi.


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