Which Hollywood Stars are Voting for Third-Party Candidates?
Camille Paglia is voting for Jill Stein "as a protest against the tyranny and corruption of our two-party system" while Penn Jillette swaps one Hillary vote for 10 or 11 in support of Libertarian Gary Johnson, as a sector of Hollywood continues to proclaim that they're neither #WithHer yet still #NeverTrump.
Brave or foolhardy? In the wake of criticism toward Susan Sarandon, whose declaration for Jill Stein on Nov. 1. was met with disdain for allegedly and unwittingly throwing support to Donald Trump, ten notables currently stand outside of the two-party system:
Green Party, Jill Stein supporters:
Rosario Dawson, actress
The former Bernie Sanders supporter is now showing love for Stein, often retweeting the Green Party candidate, commenting on Stein's Twitter posts and frequently using hashtags #GreenParty #JillStein #3rdParty #NotMeUs #VoteTogether. In the recent past, Dawson has criticized the two-party system in America, saying: "I would love for the media to give all the parties equal coverage. There is really a lot of amazing, remarkable people that are running already that are not getting the debates, that are not on the tickets, that are having to fight for that. We’ve got closed primaries, we don’t have automatic registration, there is a lot of things that are wrong with our system."
Camille Paglia, writer and leading cultural critic
Paglia submitted this statement to THR: "I am voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party as a protest against the tyranny and corruption of our two-party system. The amoral collusion of the major media with the Democratic party in imposing a year-long news blackout on my candidate, Bernie Sanders, was an outrage that cannot be tolerated. Had Sanders been fairly treated, he would have won the nomination — as he nearly did anyhow. As for Hillary Clinton, gender is a poor reason to vote for a career politician of slippery ideology and few accomplishments, except for backstage manipulation and accumulation of an obscene level of wealth."
Susan Sarandon, actress
Another early Sanders supporter, the actress endorsed Stein for president by posting a letter on the candidate’s website in early November. In the letter, Sarandon lists 11 issues on which she says Clinton's position has not changed and declared: "I'm therefore very happy to endorse Jill Stein for the presidency because she does stand for everything I believe in," Sarandon wrote. "It's clear a third party is necessary and viable at this time. And this is the first step in accomplishing this end. Fear of Donald Trump is not enough for me to support Clinton, with her record of corruption. Now that Trump is self-destructing, I feel even those in swing states have the opportunity to vote their conscience."
Viggo Mortensen, actor
The Captain Fantastic actor showed his allegiance to the Green Party in July by telling media outlets, “If you want a woman then vote for Jill Stein.” He went on to say, “If you really want a woman president — if that’s what you want — vote for Jill Stein. I trust Hillary about as much as I trust Donald Trump. I think she’s dishonest, I don’t think she has the interests of working people at heart, and I think she’s shown that time and again. All the things that Bernie Sanders said about her I agree with.”
Libertarian, Gary Johnson supporters:
Drew Carey, comedian and host of The Price is Right
The funnyman was appointed as the honorary chairman for the campaign's California operations and hosted a fundraiser for Johnson at his L.A. home in July, which was attended by Veep actor Diedrich Bader and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Carey announced in a statement, “I’m happy to join Gary Johnson and to campaign for a candidate, here in California and across America, who doesn’t want your money to be wasted or want your children put at risk in a needless war.”
Raven-Symone, actress and The View co-host
The former Disney Channel star applauded the Libertarian candidate's honesty and stance on issues like gay marriage and marijuana, telling her co-hosts during a taping of The View in August: “I am a fan of Gary Johnson. I think that he is awesome in his stances. He’s pro-gay marriage, he’s pro-choice, less military intervention for other countries and he admits that he smokes marijuana. He admits it. And he said that he’s stopped smoking it now that he’s running and he will not smoke while president but he’s being real.”
Melissa Joan Hart, actress
The actress is the presidential candidate's chairperson in Connecticut, where she owns a home. In a statement to People magazine, Joan Hart said, "I want to break away from this two-party system and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican. I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”
Krist Novoselić, bassist for Nirvana
The musician has appeared at fundraisers for the presidential candidate and appeared on Fox News to voice his thoughts on the Libertarian leader. In May, the bassist and political activist tweeted: "I just gave the maximum contribution to @GovGaryJohnson presidential campaign." (The maximum individual contribution permitted under federal law is $2,700.) Recently, the Washington state resident told Billboard magazine that he doesn’t believe he is throwing his vote away by going third party: “I think they’re gonna win. My supporting them is not some third-party protest vote.” Novoselić is also advocating for “ranked-choice” voting, which has voters rank candidates in order of personal preference.
Penn Jillette, magician and author
The longtime Libertarian and Las Vegas magician sat down for an interview with Reason TV in August and shared his reasoning for voting Johnson: “There is none worse than Hilary Clinton, except for Donald Trump. I will be supporting Gary Johnson all the way.” Jillette admitted on Nov. 6 that he “traded votes,” voting for Hilary Clinton in contested-state Nevada in return for 10 or 11 friends promising to vote for Johnson in states like New York and California. He said: “Vote swapping, I am convinced, is legal. Vote swapping, I am convinced, is moral. But I don’t feel good about it.”
John Stossel, Fox News host
Stossel summed up his election views in an October post on foxnews.com: “A vote for Johnson will give Americans more choices and freedom in the future. Johnson getting 6 percent of the vote this election means easier ballot access, more money and more advertising next time. More people would know that there are other — better — options.” He also added, “That's why I'll vote for Gary Johnson. He did a good job as governor of New Mexico. He vetoed the excesses of power-hungry state legislators 750 times. He'd stand up for limited government in Washington, too."