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Rosario Dawson voted for Bernie—despite boyfriend Cory Booker’s Biden endorsement


Mar 10, 2020, 11:53 am*



Ignacio Martinez

Rosario Dawson was one of many celebrities who openly supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 primary. The list also includes Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and actress Susan Sarandon. Dawson has now extended her support to 2020.

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In an Instagram posted Monday night, Dawson revealed that she voted for Sanders once again in the primary. “Not Me Us,” wrote Dawson. “I got to vote for Bernie again and I did.”

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Not Me Us I got to vote for Bernie again and I did. Whoever it is that you’re supporting I hope that you are doing it consciously, with heart and with a ballot. Talking about things helps but actions speak louder than words. To all of you on the sidelines, we need you. Please register and vote. Make this election one for the history books. Turn out needs to be historic to drive home the message that we stand for something bigger and better than what we have now. That we truly stand for each other. Earthizen Humanity First! Please-No more bullying. No more mocking. No more trolling. We can be better than that so why not be? Let our decency, honesty and humanity ring loud and true. It’s much more constructive, believe me. March to the polls and let’s make sure folks are registered and able to vote by any means necessary. PS: Upset about our primary/electoral system? Elections and much else (equity much?) aren’t fair. Voter suppression efforts like redistricting, gerrymandering and voter purging (among many other issues) have long since made that clear. That’s why voting is only one of many ways we can transform our system for the better (fill out your census!). So please stay in the game, no matter what, and continue the fight our ancestors fought with fewer means and resources, not just so that we could bicker on social media, but so that we could continue to improve conditions for each other and make the path that much better, healthier and clearer for the generations to come. Blessings to you all. #NotMeUs

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The awkward part is that Dawson’s boyfriend, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who previously ran for the Democratic primary, has officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. On Monday, Booker formally endorsed Biden adding to the already crowded list of former candidates who now back Biden. (Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Beto O’Rourke lead the pack.)

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Previously, Booker attacked Biden during the primary by saying that Biden “created all the problems that he is talking about” and that Biden’s crime policies “destroyed communities like mine.” Booker also echoed the sentiments of former fellow presidential hopeful Julián Castro by mentioning the subject of Biden’s mental stability. “There are definitely moments where you listen to Joe Biden and just wonder. I think Castro had some legitimate concerns about, can [Biden] be someone in a long grueling campaign who can get the ball over the line,” said Booker. Nonetheless, the senator still formally endorsed Biden.

The photo Dawson posted to Instagram to reveal her vote is a screenshot of a tweet from political candidate Eric Garcia who ran to represent California’s 22nd Congressional district. The tweet calls out the potential harm of political extremism. “Absolute thinking is very dangerous regardless of political leaning,” wrote Garcia. Dawson’s feelings seem to agree with Garcia’s. “Whoever it is that you’re supporting I hope that you are doing it consciously, with heart and with a ballot,” Dawson wrote.

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Dawson has been involved in politics for quite some time. She co-founded an organization in 2004 called Voto Latino focused on voter registration and political engagement in the Latino community.

Disclosure: Ignacio Martinez supports Bernie Sanders for president.

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*First Published: Mar 10, 2020, 11:52 am