The director of Precious and The Butler and the creator of Fox’s Empire endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president on the eve of the South Carolina Democratic primary.
Daniels joins other celebrity supporters of Buttigieg: Michael J. Fox, Sharon Stone, George Takei, Kevin Costner, Mandy Moore and Seth MacFarlane.
In a statement to People magazine, Daniels said, “The next leader of our country has a daunting task ahead of them, but I believe that Pete is prepared to bring our country together to confront the biggest challenges we face, from dismantling systemic racism to passing gun violence prevention legislation and combating climate change,” said Daniels, 60. “This is the most critical election of our lifetimes, and I am supporting Pete because he is our best hope to unify the country to resoundingly defeat Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box in November.”
“Lee Daniels has brought us powerful stories which examine the conscience of the country and reflect the struggles that too many American families face,” Buttigieg said in his own statement on Tuesday. “As a major fan of his career and his work, I’m honored to have Lee’s support in this election. His ability to communicate the urgency of this moment and the need to bring about a new era is invaluable in this election.”