Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke just endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders.
Why is this important? Well for a couple reasons. For one Van Dyke is 90 years old and because he has been around and in the entertainment industry for 70 plus years he has seen his fair share of corruption and chicanery inside and outside of the industry, and maybe more importantly this is the first presidential candidate Van Dyke has felt passionately enough about to publicly endorse in almost 50 years.
Another important message that can be seen as a positive for the Sanders campaign is that this runs counter to the theory that Sanders is a millennial candidate who only appeals to the young and has nothing to offer the over 60 crowd. With the endorsement of Van Dyke, many older voters may take a second look at Sanders.
In a video released this past week Van Dyke said,
In Bernie Sanders I see a man saying that the emperor has no clothes, while everyone around him insists they see clothes. Whether or not he makes it to the White House, I hope and pray that everyone hears the alarm he is sounding now, it may be the last voice we ever hear.
A grim warning coming from such a beloved actor, known almost exclusively for his slapstick comedy. With Sanders’ popularity growing and as he slowly breaks free of the self-applied label of “Democratic Socialist” that has turned off so many older voters, Van Dyke’s endorsement may just be the legitimacy Sanders needs.
Featured image via Dick Van Dyke YouTube