Oprah Winfrey hit the campaign trail along with a slew of other Hollywood celebrities but it wasn’t enough to help Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams over the finish line.
Liberal billionaire Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Stacey Abrams in Georgia, giving a racially charged speech during which she invoked slavery and lynchings.
“I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed,” Winfrey said.
“I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain,” the 64-year-old also said.
Oprah: “I'm here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed … I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain." pic.twitter.com/9ijjOWkLv5
— NBCBLK (@NBCBLK) November 1, 2018
Oprah also used her speech to talk to “black people with ancestors who never had the chance” to vote.
“When you sit at home, and your friends sit at home and don’t go out to vote, you disrespect your elders,” she told the crowd.
President Trump responded to Oprah’s campaigning for Abrams at a rally held for Brian Kemp, saying, “Oprah was a friend of mine until I ran for office.”
“Once I ran for office, we diverged,” he added.
Actor Will Ferrell also campaigned for Abrams alongside his wife Viveca Paulin-Ferrell.
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— Georgia Democrat (@GeorgiaDemocrat) October 26, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence responded to the two stars’ campaigning, saying, “I heard Will Ferrell was going door-to-door the other day. I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I’m kind of a big deal, too.”
Ferrell also urged Democrats to vote in a video with Alabama Senator Doug Jones.
Rap artist Common also joined the effort to elect Stacey Abrams. “I believe @StaceyAbrams is a phenomenal candidate and person who can make history by becoming the first ever Black Women elected Governor in America!” he wrote in a social media post.
— COMMON (@common) October 29, 2018
Finally, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan hit the ground in Georgia, going door-to-door to encourage Georgians to vote for the Democrat.
Jordan released a video during the campaign with the Color of Change PAC urging African-Americans to turn out for the race.
I've been making surprise visits with @VotingWhileBLK in Georgia to talk to Black voters about how important it is to vote next Tuesday. Text VOTE to 225568 and I’ll hit you up with a message to tell you more about how you can join me ✊🏿 #VotingWhileBlack pic.twitter.com/r7W8T51VMC
— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) October 31, 2018
“I know some of you think that your vote doesn’t matter, but you’re actually some of the most important voters in the country,” he said. “Your vote will help elect officials who can make a difference on issues like police brutality, criminal justice reform and racial justice. So, please join me and Color of Change PAC and show up to vote on Nov. 6.”