US POLITICS

What Celebs Are Endorsing This Cycle’s Third-Party Candidates?

Hillary has Lena Dunham, Donald has that Duck Dynasty guy — what about Johnson and Stein?

US POLITICS
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich — REUTERS
Sep 29, 2016 at 1:11 PM ET

Celebrity endorsements can’t do much to help presidential candidates, and if they could, Democrats would have a distinct advantage. But that doesn’t mean we don’t learn about our candidate’s brands from who supports them — Hillary Clinton supporters Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, and Magic Johnson paint a different picture of who her presidency is appealing to than Donald Trump supporters like Mike Ditka, Ann Coulter, and that one guy from Duck Dynasty.

In a campaign marked by public dissatisfaction with both major party candidates, there is a special opportunity for third party candidates, who have a bit more appeal and a higher profile than they have had in recent elections. Neither Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein, nor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson stand any chance of winning the election (especially since Johnson can’t stop having tremendous gaffes on live TV), but that doesn’t mean a few celebs haven’t gotten on board.

You can almost see through their celebrity endorsements – the left wing rappers, the libertarian comedians, the out of place actor and actress – just who they are appealing to and who they hope they might be able to impress, or maybe just a random assemblage of recognizable-enough faces.