Dave Chappelle wants to get Maryland voters to the polls for the midterm elections today. And he is hoping they cast their ballots for Ben Jealous, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
The comedian is personally calling voters as he campaigns for Jealous. In a video shared on Twitter, Chappelle explained to a voter why they should vote for Jealous, his “godbrother,” whom he’s known “all my life.”
This is what happens when @DaveChappelle calls you personally to tell you why you should support @BenJealous, the top candidate for Maryland’s gubernatorial race. #Vote #ElectionDay #November6 pic.twitter.com/fc7rAqYCeJ
— Velvet Johnson, Esq. (@mycyberattorney) November 4, 2018
“Put me on your speakerphone, please,” Chappelle, a native of Washington, D.C., says in the video. “This is absolutely Dave Chappelle the comedian and I’m calling you guys with fantastic news: You’re on the cusp of having a wonderful governor in the state of Maryland named Ben Jealous.”
Continues the Star Is Born actor: “I’m in his campaign office right now. Ben and my father were best friends. He’s my godbrother. I’ve known him all my life and I’m here supporting him because I think he’s going to do the right thing by Maryland. And I would never endorse anything or anyone I don’t believe in.”
Chappelle also went door to door over the weekend in Maryland, campaigning for Jealous. The comic even carried groceries for one potential voter. Jealous took to Twitter to share a video of the moment. He joked about the moment and tagged Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, for whom Oprah Winfrey went door-knocking last week.
“.@staceyabrams I’m raising your @Oprah door knocking video with one Dave Chappelle helping people carry their groceries while door knocking video!” Jealous wrote.
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) November 4, 2018
Chappelle and Winfrey aren’t the only notable names in entertainment who have used their platforms to encourage people to vote in the midterms. Michael B. Jordan also went door-knocking in Georgia in an effort to increase black voter turnout. John Legend and Linda Perry teamed up for a new pro-voting song, “Get Up and Vote,” while several actresses — including Jodie Foster, Tea Leoni, Cher, Laverne Cox, Ellen Pompeo and Constance Wu, among others — appear in an ad calling on women to vote.