Hollywood collides with Trump in Georgia race


“The end of democracy looks nigh. I think we all realize we can’t sit back, we can’t take things for granted. We can’t sit back and hope that somebody else does something, we have to do whatever we can, [so] we all gotta get woke, and that’s the mandate,” said actor John Leguizamo in an interview. “I wish there were more outspoken celebrities, athletes, artists, people with high profiles.”

It’s unclear whether the influx of Hollywood support will help Ossoff in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. It might even hurt his chances in the conservative-oriented district, since it helps feed into the Republican narrative about him: that he's an interloper whose support largely comes from outside the state of Georgia, let alone his district.

“Hollywood is all-in on electing Ossoff,” Republican candidate Karen Handel’s campaign wrote to backers the day after actress Alyssa Milano and other celebrities campaigned in the district for him. “The Democrats have the liberal media and Hollywood celebrities to sing their praises. But we have something better: YOU. It’s critical that we come together now to support Republicans committed to fighting against the Democrats’ liberal vision for America.”