Hollywood stars are storming social media and urging their fans to turn out and vote for Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday. many of them using the hashtag #RightSideOfHistory, launched a last-minute campaign to stop Judge Roy Moore’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
Will & Grace star Debra Messing posted a video offering her support for Jones’ Senate bid, as did comedian-actor Keegan-Michael Key and Nashville star Connie Britton.
ALABAMA!!! You have a HUGELY important election this Tuesday Dec 12th. You will choose your next Senator. I support Doug Jones, and here’s why. 👇🏻 #RightSideOfHistory #VoteDec12 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OB5bNiH3Qf
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 11, 2017
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) December 9, 2017
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) December 9, 2017
The left-wing celebrity support for Jones in Alabama is reminiscent of the Hollywood-heavy campaign earlier this year for Democrat Jon Ossoff, who lost his bid against Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s Sixth District special congressional election. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker-turned-Democratic politician, lost his election bid despite the overwhelming support from celebrities who stumped for and contributed to his campaign.
Rosie O’Donnell, perhaps President Donald Trump’s most outspoken celebrity critic, maxed out her donations to Jones’ campaign, donating $2,700 to the Democratic candidate, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Despite the outpour of celebrity support and allegations of sexual misconduct made against him, Moore leads Jones by 3.8 percentage points, according to an average of the latest polls.
Other celebrities, including actors Mark Ruffalo, Patton Oswalt, and Alyssa Milano and filmmakers Joss Whedon and Ava DuVernay endorsed Jones for Senate. A roundup of their politically charged social media screeds is below.
The election tomorrow is where we say “we can do better”, or say we’re fine with dismantling America.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) December 11, 2017
I love Alabama. It's my father's home state. My sisters and brother live there today. I made a film about its beloved city, Selma. If you live there and love it too, please watch this. Then, vote for decency and justice. Vote #DougJones. pic.twitter.com/qhGniyp3qC
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 9, 2017
Alabamians – please get out and vote this Tuesday Dec 12th in the special Senate election for #DougJones. Alabama has a history of standing up for justice. Pls be a leader in our country on Tuesday: https://t.co/EaCojMhseU #RightSideOfHistory
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 11, 2017
ROLL CALL! Tonight’s #SundayTweetstorm topic will be DOUG JONES and getting out the vote (GOTV) for Tuesday’s election.
6pm PST/9pm eastern
Please join me tonight in raising awareness for @GDouglasJones.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 10, 2017
For the sake of your kids’ education, please vote @GDouglasJones. https://t.co/JkqAiwhOMF
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 9, 2017
#EveryVoteCounts. Just a few thousand votes will determine whether #RoyMoore or civil rights Champion, #DougJones will be elected. #Alabama #SpecialElection. VOTE on December 12. https://t.co/yGfxJISetR
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) December 9, 2017
Alabama! For those of you who don’t long for the good old days of slavery and who are anti-pedophile and prefer a man who prosecuted the KKK over a man who thinks 9/11 was OUR fault, vote @GDouglasJones on Tuesday! #RightSideofHistory
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) December 11, 2017
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) December 11, 2017
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 11, 2017
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— rob delaney (@robdelaney) December 11, 2017
Tomorrow the survival of Democracy is on the ballot. The good people of Alabama can protect US. Vote for Doug Jones. Vote for America.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 11, 2017
I love Alabama. I work there, play there & my daughter's godmother is a proud Alabamian so even if you're on board with Roy Moore's anti-gay anti-women pro-slavey musings do you vote for a man who assaulted Daughters of Alabama or @GDouglasJones who locked up men like Roy Moore?
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 11, 2017
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