The 10 most important celebrity endorsements for the 2018 midterms

“stacyabrams slattt” – Lil Yachty

November 05, 2018
The 10 most important celebrity endorsements for the 2018 midterms Rihanna performs at 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. February 13, 2016.   Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

The 2018 midterms take place on November 6, and as usual, celebrities want you to vote. It's reasonable to be suspicious of activism from the rich and famous, especially after 2016's round of high-profile Hillary Clinton endorsements did not have the desired effect. But if you're asking yourself "What do these Hollywood types know about how the country should be run?" The question that's really pressing is "What do the people currently running the country know about how the country should be run?"

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The point is, just because Lil Yachty probably can't draft a Medicare-for-all bill that can pass congress, doesn't mean he's not a good judge of character. That goes for you, too: don't be dissuaded from voting just because you can't speak confidently on all the issues. Because you know someone else who can't? The sunburnt 64-year-old in Confederate flag cargo shorts who's carrying an AR-15 into a Starbucks to prove a point. And he's voting! So listen to Dave Chappelle, Meek Mill, and the other celebrities below who are putting their names behind quality candidates who can take a little bit of power away from the lunatics out there.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was once venerated by the far-right and white supremacists as a secret Trump supporter, but she sent them into spasms of internet grief when she came out in support of Democrats running for office in Tennessee. The endorsements came just as her nemesis Kanye West started appearing everywhere in a Make America Great Again hat, which is suspicious but also fine.

Diddy

Stacey Abrams is running for Governor as a Democrat in Georgia, and has the chance to emerge from the hotly-contested race as the first African-American woman governor in history. She's running against Republican Brian Kemp, who is also the Georgia Secretary of State, meaning he oversees the election he's running in. While that sounds totally fine and not banana republic type shit, Abrams needs massive turnout to put her over the top. Enter: Diddy.

Dave Chappelle

"Stop worshipping celebrities," Chappelle implored on his 2004 stand-up special Killing Them Softly before launching into his famous "Where is Ja Rule" bit. However, Chappelle has been so impressed by 2018 candidate for Maryland Governor Ben Jealous that he's appeared in interviews and done campaign events for the candidate all cycle.

Oprah

Here's Oprah doing some canvassing for Stacey Abrams. She's knocking at your metaphorical door, right now. Will you answer?

Travis Scott
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Beto O'Rourke's bid to be Texas's first Democratic senator in decades may be a long shot, but he's attracted national attention for his race to unseat Ted Cruz, whose politics are as toxic as the soiled diaper dumpster outside a MAGA rally. Celebrities like Travis Scott have latched on to the cause, and let's hope it translates into something more than just a photo op.

Meek Mill

Meek Mill's harrowing experiences with the criminal justice system have made him a national voice for reform that transcends his formidable position in hip-hop. His support for incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is likely a show of gratitude after Wolf called for a new trial in the rapper's 2007 gun and drugs conviction.

T.I.

T.I. gave a gift to everyone who is sick of Kanye West's Trump-boosting bullshit when he called their Oval Office meeting “next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit.” He's been keeping that same energy all year, and the above endorsements are just a few of the posts he's made to motivate voters.

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Lil Yachty

Perhaps my favorite of the bunch. Totally unpretentious, positive, and most of all, helpful for the residents of Georgia who needs a governor like Abrams the most. Go Yachty.

The 10 most important celebrity endorsements for the 2018 midterms