He plays the president on TV, and he’s got a good idea who he wants for the job here in the real world.
Speaking in front of an all-female gathering of elected officials and candidates, Tony Goldwyn, star of the TV show Scandal and the voice of Disney’s Tarzan, told Hillary Clinton supporters “we are facing a very stark choice right now.”
“We’re looking at a country where the politics are driven by fear and xenophobia and bigotry and division, versus politics driven by equality and unity and strength, really based on what I’ve always taken for granted as core American values,” Goldwyn said.
Talking to a packed crowd at Chimole restaurant in downtown Leesburg, and in front of 10th District congressional candidate LuAnn Bennett, county Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Leesburg Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D), Leesburg mayoral candidate Kelly Burk, and council candidate Gwen Pangle, Goldwyn said Hillary Clinton has been the victim of “a concerted effort to weave a narrative about her that is really unfair and inaccurate.”
“We have the opportunity in this next administration to set a progressive agenda for the 21st century in the way that FDR did in the 20th century,” Goldwyn said. He pointed out Clinton’s years of activism in the field of women’s rights, and said “there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton will be the one who is going to make equal pay for equal work a reality in this country.” He predicted “a very ugly fight” leading up to the November election.
“If we do this, if we get out here and we get people to vote and not sit this one out, I have not a doubt in my mind that we are all going to be sitting there come November watching history be made as that glass ceiling with 18 million cracks in it is shattered once and for all,” Goldwyn said.
After the rally, Goldwyn said equal pay for women is not just a women’s issue.
“On an economic standpoint, the fact is, women are now primary or co-breadwinners in most counties,” Goldwyn said. “…Aside from the equity of it, and the fairness of it and what’s morally correct, it makes no economic sense to hold back on equal pay for equal work.”
He also said this is the first election in which he has been so active, and that Donald Trumps’ policies have been “somewhat incoherent or thinly drawn at best” and would be disastrous.
“When someone tells you who they are, you should believe them,” Goldwyn said. “I believe him.”