November 28, 2023

‘You Are Voting to Destroy American Democracy’

Hollywood star Rob Reiner spent a number of days shaming supporters of third-party presidential candidates this week, saying — unironically, and apparently oblivious to the overwhelming irony — that the one approach to defend “American democracy” is to vote for President Joe Biden.

This Tuesday, Reiner — well-known for his ascent from performing within the TV sitcom All within the Family to directing hit movies akin to The Princess Bride — revealed a furious publish in regards to the 2024 presidential election on X/Twitter (now dubbed “Xwitter”), round 5:30 AM Malibu time. “A vote for No Labels is a vote for Trump,” Reiner declared. “A vote for Bobby Kennedy is a vote for Trump. A vote for Cornel West is a vote for Trump. A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump. The only vote not for Trump is a vote for Biden.”

Three days later, apparently nonetheless stewing on the identical topic, he wrote one other, shorter missive: “If you vote for anyone but Joe Biden, you are voting to destroy American Democracy.”

The director’s fears should not persistently backed up by latest knowledge. A Quinnipiac poll this month confirmed that in a hypothetical three-way race, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — who has dropped out of the Democratic major and is working as an Independent — receives 22 % of registered voters’ support, placing Biden three factors over former President Donald Trump.

According to the ballot of over 1,600 voters, Trump and Biden are in a satistical tie head-to-head at 46 % and 47 % support, respectively. However, with Kennedy within the combine, Biden loses eight factors, dropping to 39 % support, and Trump loses ten, dropping to 36 %.

The similar survey confirmed, in a hypothetical four-way race with the aforementioned candidates plus Green Party candidate Cornel West, Biden leads Trump general by one level (Biden 36, Trump 35, Kennedy 19, West 6).

Reiner has been on a nakedly authoritarian streak since at the least September, with one other publish saying Biden’s prime challenger Trump “must” go to jail and all different candidates should be excluded from the 2024 race. The Hollywood producer — who has supported the faux-Republican Lincoln Project each publicly and financially — stated that each of those (fairly clearly) anti-democratic actions are essential “for our democracy to survive.”

Reiner is at present selling a podcast the place he claims to have solved the thriller of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and a documentary about his longtime buddy, comic Albert Brooks.