Six months ago, early in the pandemic, actor Samuel L. Jackson admonished you to “stay the f*** at home!” Fortunately, many of you listened, as well you should have, to help control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Well today, Mr. Jackson has a follow-up message: “vote dammit!”
In a new video he recorded on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign, Jackson gives a brief history lesson on voter suppression in the United States and urges voters to hit the polls as soon as they can to cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election.
“New day, same old dirty tricks,” Jackson says, before the ad runs through headlines about voting issues, including President Donald Trump‘s recent efforts against mail ballots ahead of the 2020 election on Nov. 3.
“If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t try so hard to take it from you,” says Jackson.
Former president Barak Obama appears in the spot, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. It shows a clip of an Obama speech in which he says “there are people in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting.” That is an excerpt from his eulogy at the Rep. John Lewis’ funeral in July, when the former president spoke at length about Lewis’ lifelong journey fighting inequality and how issues of racial inequality that Lewis stood up against — including voter suppression — are still prevalent today. Imagery also includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Biden campaign says the new ad will begin airing across the country on Friday, appearing on television, radio and digital platforms.