- The comedian and actor Dave Chappelle on Tuesday endorsed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
- “Dave is one of the most important voices in our country today and I’m thrilled he has thrown his support behind this campaign,” Yang said in a statement.
- Chappelle is set to perform two shows in South Carolina later this month to benefit Yang’s campaign.
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The comedian and actor Dave Chappelle on Tuesday officially endorsed Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur, for president.
“I’m Yang Gang,” Chappelle said, according to a statement from Yang’s 2020 campaign.
Chappelle is set to perform two shows in South Carolina, a crucial early-voting state, later this month to benefit Yang’s campaign.
“Dave is one of the most important voices in our country today and I’m thrilled he has thrown his support behind this campaign,” Yang said in the statement. “He and I share similar concerns about the future and hopes for what it could be. We are also parents who see the world that we are leaving to our kids and believe they deserve better.”
Chappelle is among the most famous comedians in the US. In October, he received the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Celebrating the endorsement on Twitter, Yang said: “Thank you @DaveChappelle and welcome to the #yanggang. You are the best. Let’s do this for our kids.”
—Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) January 14, 2020
Yang entered the 2020 campaign season as a relatively unknown figure but has managed to make a dent in the race and outlast better-known politicians who have already dropped out, such as Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.
The latest polling from Morning Consult places Yang in sixth place overall among Democratic primary voters.
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With that said, Yang did not qualify for Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, which comes less than a month before the Iowa caucuses.
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