John Legend pitched and sang a tune for 2020 Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren as he accompanied her on the South Carolina campaign track on Wednesday, with only three days to go for the crucial first-in-the-south primary.
“Let me tell you why I have so much faith in Elizabeth Warren,” said the legend. “She’s brilliant.”
“I know that the bar is really low now,” the singer added. “We have a president who embarrasses this country. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if a brilliant wife of Senator Warren would replace him? “Legend mused.
Following Warren in the last two stages of the debate, Legend also went after rival Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg.
“Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, she knows that home discrimination through redlining has been a national tragedy,” the legend mocked at one point during the 15-minute pitch he made for the Massachussetts senator at the historic black university, South Carolina State University, in Orangeburg.
John Legend (left) came to South Carolina on Wednesday to support Elizabeth Warren (right) and said he supported her because of her cleverness and empathy
Both John Legend (left) and Elizabeth Warren (right) went after rival Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg when they appeared together at South Carolina State University on Wednesday
Elizabeth Warren told the South Carolina State audience that she skipped the selfie line on Wednesday and John Legend would come out and play instead
The stop was one of the two plans that the duo had planned for Wednesday in the state of Palmetto.
The legend told the public that he originally intended to stay out of the Democratic primary race. That he would remain silent and then “did my best to ensure that Trump was a one-term president.”
But in October, Legend and his supermodel and TV presenter Chrissy Teigen told Vanity Fair that they were Warren fans.
“My wife Chrissy also says hello. She sends her love, “he told the audience of mostly Wednesday students, earning cries of worship from the crowd.
Legend has it that the celebrity couple already had their mail-in ballot papers ready for the Democratic primary in California, which will take place next week as part of “Super Tuesday.”
“I’m happy to report that. I have already indicated my choice, “he told several hundred people who had gathered on campus.” MLK Auditorium. “I put it in the pen because I made my decision, I don’t change my mind.”
“I think Elizabeth Warren should be the next president of the United States,” he said.
The legend said he came to the decision after watching some of the early debates and town halls and said it was “over-evident” that Warren was a lot better than the rest.
He said it was her intelligence, plus her empathy that earned her his approval.
“How do I know that Elizabeth Warren practices empathy?” the crooner asked the audience. “More than any other candidate I’ve seen, Elizabeth’s responses to policy begin with a story about people.”
Legend also devoted part of his speech to talking about racial inequality and said it is “rampant in our society,” one of the long-term consequences of slavery, which has led to “centuries of trauma and exclusion” for black American communities.
“And Elizabeth has listened to us,” said the legend.
He told about how Warren wants to investigate how offspring of slaves are reimbursed.
And the singer went after Bloomberg – Warren’s favorite punching bag on the debate stage – for controversial comments from the former mayor of New York about redlining.
In 2008, Bloomberg connected the financial crash Congress efforts to eliminate the discriminatory housing practice of redlining.
“And once you started to push in that direction, banks began to provide more and more loans where the credit of the person who bought the house was not as good as you would like,” Bloomberg said at the time.
Warren could not resist going after Bloomberg when she gave her stump speech on Wednesday. She has already torn him twice in the debate stage, especially after him because of his company’s use of confidentiality agreements with former employees.
When she explained her “two-cent” wealth tax in the state of South Carolina, she talked about how billionaires were not a fan.
Some of them go on television and cry about it, she said.
“Some of them are running for president,” she added. “They may find it harder than they thought,” she said softly.
Another reason Legend gave to like Warren is that “she doesn’t spend time winning and dining billionaires.”
“She could just call and thank you in person,” the legend added, about the calls she makes to daily political donors.
The legend also gave Warren the honor of getting stuck after events and taking selfies with people in line.
But on Wednesday, Warren pushed the selfie line off and threw something else at her crowd.
“Instead of making a selfie line today, we’re going to get music from John Legend,” she said to the screams.
And so after she finished her comments, Legend came back to the stage with her and then sat down at a piano and played two of his songs, including the hit “All of Me.”