In the video, Jackson compared Trump’s attempts to suppress mail voting to the numerous attempts to stop African-Americans from voting in the 1960s and earlier. The ad presented photographs detailing the racism that prevented African-Americans from voting. It also showed recordings of Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Barack Obama speaking about voter suppression, while pictures of Mitch McConnell and Trump flashed before the viewers’ eyes.
Nice try, Jackson, but the voter suppression that took place in King’s time is irrelevant to the situation now. Unlike then, the polls are open to everybody, and no hate groups are stopping anyone from going to them.
Jackson can label attacks on voting by mail as “voter suppression,” but calling it “ballot integrity” is also a good name, as it decreases the chances of voter fraud. There’s no need to risk that when it’s safe to go to the polls. “New day,” Jackson says in the ad. Obviously. “Same old dirty tricks.” Obviously not.
In addition, Jackson encouraged people in the video to “vote like your life depends on it.” It is true, the lives of many unborn children depend on this vote, but Jackson clearly wasn’t talking about them during the ad, and he certainly wasn’t thinking about them when he joined Biden’s cause.
Jackson may want people to vote “not because I want you to, but because [Trump] doesn’t.” However, at the end of the video, he loses his cool, and implores his audience to vote, frantically pleading, “Vote, dammit, vote!” We’re sorry, did he break his concentration? Jackson is as desperate for a Biden victory as any other Hollywood celebrity, and he’s using his influence to get his fans to do what he wants.
Jackson may be trying real hard to be the shepherd, but he seems to be falling a bit short.