Far-left former talk show host-turned Netflix producer Chelsea Handler backed Democrat Jaime Harrison to “replace” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), becoming the latest Hollywood figure to wade in on local 2020 election.
“Let’s replace Lindsey Graham with this guy @harrisonjaime,” wrote Chelsea Handler, in response to Harrison’s election ad. “He’s running in South Carolina.”
“I may not be a superhero, but I am a proud South Carolinian, and I’m ready to fight for a better future for our state and our country,” wrote Harrison. “I hope you are, too.”
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) June 2, 2019
Harrison is currently the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination, having already received endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Brooker. His only declared opponent is Gloria Bromell Tinubu, a state representative in Georgia.
South Carolina would be lucky to have @harrisonjaime representing them in the Senate. He has the character, intelligence, and integrity needed to serve his community well. I hope you'll #JoinJaime. https://t.co/Nal3ctZ06A
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 30, 2019
“In the U.S. Senate, Jaime will work with anyone to fight for South Carolina. Because when a rural hospital closes, or coverage for pre-existing conditions is threatened, the health of all South Carolinians is put at risk,” reads Harrison’s campaign website. “As the next U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Jaime will carry these values and lessons with him every day. Jaime knows that what you say matters — and that character counts.”
Handler has previously targeted Graham with anti-gay slurs. Last October, she hinted at the idea that he was a closeted homosexual.
“If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay,” the former Chelsea host wrote at the time. “Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.”
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
The 63-year-old Senator responded to the remark by describing it as the “lowest kind of bar” of humor.
“I don’t think about much about what she says at all. If she wants to live her life that way, it’s up to her,” he told TMZ. “She knows zero about me. To the extent that this matters, I’m not gay. These comments, they don’t reflect well on her. I don’t know how this makes us a better country. That’s up to her, not me.”
It’s not Handler’s first time sticking her nose into local elections. She donated to and campaigned — from her Twitter account — for Beto O’Rourke’s failed Senate bid. Indeed, some of the Hollywood’s most powerful and influential executives donate to Democrat candidates and left-wing PACs more than 99 percent of the time during the 2018 midterms. So, as Handler has already shown, there’s no reason to expect anything different in 2020 but more carpetbagging.