Don’t look now, but another has-been Hollywood liberal just endorsed Bernie Sanders.
Dick Van Dyke, now 94 years old, is featured in an ad praising the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist.
It’s unquestionable that Bernie is popular among younger voters.
Just look at the so-called “Bernie Bros.”
But polls show that Sanders is lagging among older voters, who are the most likely to exercise their right to vote.
Van Dyke’s endorsement is an attempt to attract older voters.
Take a look at the ad featuring Van Dyke below:
While Dick Van Dyke is known for comedy and acting, his endorsement appears to be geniune.
This is a clear play to appeal to older generations.
NBC News has more details on the comedian's comments:
Actor Dick Van Dyke's video endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president lit up social media Friday night as the 94-year-old co-star of the original "Mary Poppins" tried to persuade people of his generation to vote for the candidate known for his younger supporters.
Sanders, 78, already enjoys unusual support from voters native to the digital age as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. Van Dyke wants to see more of his cohorts, who aren't big social media users, get behind the Independent senator from Vermont.
In the video posted to Sanders' Twitter account Friday evening, Van Dyke says, "It just doesn’t make sense to me that he’s not getting my generation. And I want to urge my generation to get out and vote for him, please."
NBC News exit poll data from the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary earlier this month found Sanders was the top choice among those 44 or younger, and he fared even better with the 18-to-29 crowd. Voters 45 and older were more likely to prefer Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 59, D-Minnesota, and Pete Buttigieg, 38, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Sanders isn't popular among older generations because of his socialist policies.
Will a "spoonful of sugar" from Dick Van Dyke help the socialism go down?
Older generations aren't only worried about Sanders' socialist policies.
They're also worried about his health.
The candidate suffered a heart attack last fall.
Sanders is also 78 years old.
The Hill reports that Van Dyke's pitch addresses Sanders' age:
Legendary comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke on Friday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president and urged older voters to back the Vermont lawmaker.
“Why wouldn’t an older citizen vote for somebody with that kind of a record and with that kind of experience and honesty and trust?" Van Dyke, 94, said in a video circulated by Sanders’s campaign. "It just doesn’t make sense to me that he’s not getting my generation. And I want to urge my generation to get out and vote for him, please."
Van Dyke is also touting climate issues as a primary reason to vote for Sanders.
He says that backing a Trump administration will mean we won't "have a democracy anymore," even though he's backing a socialist candidate.
Van Dyke calls 2020 the most important election since World War II.
Breitbart has the details:
Describing the 2020 election as the “most important “ election since the end of World War II, the Emmy award-winning star said, “another four years of the current administration and we won’t have a democracy anymore.”
“Four more years of no concern about the climate. We must get him out of there. Democratic principles are flying out the window. He has assumed authority beyond what the president is allowed and he’s going to get worse,” he explained.
Dick Van Dyke has been consistent in his support for Sanders.
He even endorsed Sanders in 2016.
Watch a video of Dick Van Dyke stumping on the campaign trail and introducing Sanders at a rally below: