Celebrities probably aren’t the people you should turn to when figuring out who to vote for in the 2020 primaries; however, their endorsement can have a large impact. (If you’re wondering where each candidate stands on Jewish issues like anti-Semitism and Israel, head to our guide.)
Here at Alma, a Jewish culture site, we were particularly interested in what Jewish celebrities had to say about their favorite candidates. Using social media and Wikipedia, we rounded up all the on-the-record Jewish celebrities who have endorsed a 2020 candidate.
Jump ahead: Elizabeth Warren | Bernie Sanders | Pete Buttigieg | Mike Bloomberg | Joe Biden | Amy Klobuchar
In order of most endorsements to least…
1.Billy Eichner, comedian, tweeted his support:
Because I love her and think she has ALL the qualities of a great leader, as well as a healing way of communicating that this country so desperately needs, I’m voting for @ewarren. Do with this info what you will. I’m not a perfect person & I once lied about seeing Wicked.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 25, 2020
2. As did actor and musician Jack Black (have you heard him sing “Chad Gadya”?? go listen. Not the point of this article, but worth your time):
— Jack Black (@jackblack) February 24, 2020
3. Comedian and actress Amy Schumer took to Instagram, posting this great illustration:
4. Actor Ike Barinholtz tweeted he can’t wait to vote for Warren, and she reminds him of Steve Harvey:
I love @ewarren and can’t wait to vote for her and I love that if you watch this with the sound off it looks like she’s Steve Harvey in the Kings of Comedy (but watch it with the sound on!) https://t.co/rP8LSmsQIe
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 21, 2019
5. Actress and director Elizabeth Banks is on board:
Get on board. https://t.co/nTmdaQcCBg
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 3, 2020
6. Actor Ben Feldman attended a Warren fundraiser in Los Angeles.
7. Scarlett Johnasson, actress, told The Hollywood Reporter in September 2019:
“Other Democrats have said to me, ‘Oh, it’s really early to back someone,’ ” Johansson says. “That kind of worries me because it doesn’t feel that early to me. I’m like, ‘Really?’ It’s disconcerting that there’s not a clear candidate at this time.” Johansson says she is supporting Elizabeth Warren. “She feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic,” Johansson says. “It’s not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There’s a strategy there.”
8. Director and creator of Transparent Jill Soloway signed this list: 50+ LGBTQ Women, Nonbinary Activists Back Elizabeth Warren
9. Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted that she thinks Warren is “pragmatic, responsible, and will work hard to get things done.”
After much deliberation I’m supporting @ewarren for President in the primaries. I think she’s pragmatic and responsible and will work hard to get things done.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 17, 2020
10. Comedian Chelsea Peretti tweeted her support for Warren (& Bernie, but more Warren):
11. Actor Josh Malina signed a “Jews for Warren” list.
12. Not sure if this counts buuuuut… Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted at an Elizabeth Warren rally:
My parents spotted @SJP at the @ewarren rally in NYC.
cc: @rubycramer pic.twitter.com/6X9jrpkDlP
— Ariana Nussdorf (@ArianaNussdorf) September 17, 2019
1. Model Emily Ratajkowski has been one of the most prominent celebs working with the Sanders campaign. She even got her own video:
2. Comedian Sarah Silverman was for Bernie in 2016, and is back on his team in 2020:
GO BERNIE! Ayah New Hampshah! This is the leader we need Babees https://t.co/WgdHTeLndI
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 12, 2020
3. Comedian Eric Andre phone banked for Bernie in Los Angeles.
4. Actress and model Hari Nef tweeted this still from Parasite with “Bernie 2020,” and has also spoken a lot about her support for Bernie:
bernie 2020 pic.twitter.com/C4eKaJlNVP
— hari nef (@harinef) October 12, 2019
5. Singer Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend has performed at Sanders campaign events. “If we can help out, sure,” Koenig said of Bernie Sanders. “I like to believe he’s less of a sociopath than a lot of people who want to be president, but it’s hard to be as excited as I was in 2016. That was the first time I felt deeply about a candidate.”
6. Singer Mal Blum called Sanders “America’s zayde” in their endorsement:
Good morning, surprising nobody Bernie Sanders aka America’s zayde is my candidate
— Mal ~PITY BOY IS OUT NOW~ Blum (@MalBlum) December 18, 2019
7. DJ Zedd (Anton Zaslavski) kept it simple:
— Zedd (@Zedd) January 21, 2020
8. Singer Mike Posner laid it out in very clear terms (he’s also performed a bunch for the Sanders campaign):
My name is Mike Posner.
I am a Grammy nominated artist, poet, and songwriter.
Tonight I will be playing at the University of Iowa, Memorial Union Main Lounge to support @berniesanders for president.
I have never endorsed a presidential candidate before. So why now? Why piss off pic.twitter.com/y2h9ShEVDz
— mikeposner (@MikePosner) January 24, 2020
9. Comedian — and outspoken activist — Ilana Glazer endorsed Bernie, saying, “I am voting for Bernie in the primary. Elizabeth Warren is my hero; I wish there were ranked-choice voting. I have not been a Bernie head for a long time, but I feel that his messaging and delivery is most strategic for this primary.”
1. Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a big fundraiser for Buttigieg:
Gwyneth Paltrow Is Hosting a Fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg https://t.co/Ui9A4W14P4
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) April 24, 2019
2. Actor Harvey Fierstein tweeted this link, which reads like a clear message of endorsement:
Endorsement: Vote Pete Buttigieg president to make America good again https://t.co/lHkLSQSbGx
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) February 24, 2020
3. Actress Emmy Rossum posted an Instagram with Mayor Pete:
Bonus: Celebs who have donated to Buttigieg include Larry David, Cazzie David, Barbara Streisand, and Zooey Deschanel. Not sure what this means regarding endorsements, though, since none have spoken publicly about Pete.
1. Designer Isaac Mizrahi is featured in this campaign video:
I lived in @MikeBloomberg’s New York, and I saw him fight every day for the LGBTQ+ community. And not just the adults. He fought for the kids who are so vulnerable. We need that kind of compassion in our next president. pic.twitter.com/CgkTMYhxke
— Isaac Mizrahi (@IsaacMizrahi) February 18, 2020
2. Judge Judy, AKA Judy Sheindlin, has hit the campaign trail with Bloomberg. Here she is explaining her endorsement on The View:
3. Actor Michael Douglas is also on the campaign trail for Bloomberg.
MEDFORD — Actor Michael Douglas campaigning for Mike Bloomberg in Bloomberg’s hometown.
“This is really, truly one of the best candidates we’ve had running for office in 30 to 40 years.” pic.twitter.com/piidmuJNSX
— Rick Sobey 👨🏻💻 (@Rick_Sobey) February 23, 2020
In his official endorsement, Douglas said, “We need a sane and steady leader in the White House who will restore the dignity of the Oval Office and fix our broken government. Mike Bloomberg will get it done.” He also said some of his late father Kirk Douglas’s last words were: “Mike can get it done.” Okay, then!
4. Bette Midler tweeted her support for Bloomberg (even though she gave the maximum donation ($2,800) to the Warren campaign last summer):
The best candidate may not be the best campaigner. We need someone who is truly competent, who can manage a huge and fractious country, who has respect for all the institutions that set us apart from the rest of the world. All the Democrats are terrific, but I like #Mike best.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 29, 2020
He has only one, from director Rob Reiner:
We have a great field of candidates running for President. We should be supportive of them all. But if ever there was a time in our nation’s history that we needed someone to restore our soul & standing as leader of the free world, it’s now. Joe Biden will do that on day one.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 25, 2019
No one, sorry Amy!
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Header image of Amy Schumer by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Meteor Shower; Billy Eichner by Samir Hussein/WireImage; Sarah Silverman by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Eric Andre by Gary Gershoff/FilmMagic; Emily Ratajkowski by Jacopo Raule/WireImage.
i like warren & i like bernie i like warren more but ill be happy with either but also is it all rigged and going to be heavily influenced by misinformation campaigns and endless racism and fear of progress and climate denial and deep corruption and voter suppression etc? lmk
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 15, 2020