Comedy icon Mel Brooks endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president today, saying that President Trump is “not doing a damn thing” about the coronavirus pandemic.
With his son and his grandson standing outside the sliding glass doors behind him, Brooks says, “They can’t be with me. Why? Because of this coronavirus! And Donald Trump’s not doing a damn thing about it. So many people have died. And when you’re dead, you can’t do much!” That’s why Brooks says he’s voting for Joe Biden in this year’s presidential election. “Why do I like Joe?” he asks. “Because Joe likes facts. Because Joe likes science.”
While Brooks has not made an explicit campaign endorsement video like this one in the past, he did say in 2018 that he believed Trump “saved” late-night television.
“We are grateful to him for his contribution to showbiz,” he said at the time. “Other things are not so terrific.”
“My father, @MelBrooks, is 94. He has never made a political video. Until now,” Brooks’s son, Max Brooks, tweeted along with the video of his father.
— Max Brooks (@maxbrooksauthor) October 21, 2020
Before Brooks gets up from the table he tells the camera, “Ok, I gotta go fill out my ballot.”
Other celebrities who have publicly endorsed Biden include Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Sharon Stone, Taylor Swift, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.