Cher gives Biden backers a reason to ‘believe in life after Trump’
For Cher, it was “love at first speech” with Joe Biden.
And President Donald Trump, she told a gathering of Biden supporters Monday, is “really an idiot.”
“Joe is smart enough, he’s kind enough, he’s strong enough,” Cher said, before repeating the phrase Trump used to show his skills on a cognitive test. “I also know that the `person, woman, man, camera, TV,’ in the White House is an idiot. I mean it. No, the guy is really an idiot.”
The singer and actress was the special guest for an LGBTQ-themed virtual fundraiser for the Biden campaign that raised nearly $2 million.
Cher was introduced by former Biden rival Pete Buttigieg, the first openly-gay presidential candidate to win a state party’s caucus or primary.
Buttigieg didn’t draw out his remarks, noting that “I am the only thing between hundreds of prominent LGBTQ+ activists and Cher.”
Praising Cher for having inspired “millions with her music and with her advocacy” Buttigieg referred to her hit song “Believe” that has become a gay anthem.
“So ask yourself,” Buttigieg said, “do you believe in life after Trump?”
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“Hi, it’s me,” Cher told the virtual gathering, appearing on screen in a black leather biker jacket. “Your poster girl since I was 9 years-old. I walked into our living room and met two of the most adorable gay hairdressers ever.”
Cher also described meeting Biden in 2006, when she invited herself to his office after hearing him talk.
“I saw a speech Joe had given and it was love at first speech,” she said. “So I went to his office to grill him and I asked him really pointed questions and unlike most politicians, Joe actually listened to me and cared (about) what I had to say.”
Biden thanked Cher for supporting the campaign “way back last winter when it took some guts to do so”
“Fortunately,” Biden said, “guts are something Cher has in abundance.”
When Biden was struggling in the primary in February, Cher – who has 3.8 million followers – had tweeted her encouragement.
“Dont give up Joe,” she tweeted.
“I said, sink or swim, I’m with him, I’m ridin’ with Biden,” Cher explained Monday. “It sounds corny, but that’s what I said.”
She criticized Trump’s record, and praised Biden’s, on LGBTQ issues.
Richard Grenell, Trump’s former acting director of intelligence, has been defending Trump’s record. In a video released by the Log Cabin Republicans this month, Grenell calls Trump “the most pro-gay president in American history.”
In his remarks, Biden criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for not bringing up a House-passed bill to prohibit discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in both the public and private sectors. He said signing the Equality Act into law would be one of the priorities for his first 100 days as president.
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