Tyler Perry Urges Georgia Residents to Vote for Change in Senate Runoffs

LOS ANGELES, CA. February 21, 2020: Tyler Perry at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring Dr Phil McGraw — Photo by Featureflash /Deposit Photos)

Tyler Perry doesn’t like to get involved in politics, but he says Tuesday’s Georgia runoff election is too important to sit on the sidelines.

“I want to be sure that all my fellow folks in Georgia get out and vote,” Perry said in a video recently posted on Instagram.

The entertainment mogul then talked about his pre-Thanksgiving meal and gift card giveaway at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta to help 5,000 families in need.

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“I was heartbroken when we got to the five-thousandth family, and there was still a line trying to get into the studio that went around for miles,” he recalled.

Perry said the need is so great that the federal government should do more to help.

“We need our federal government and we need the leaders in government to be able to help us,” he said. “Just finding out that Mitch McConnell is blocking a $2,000 stimulus check, $2,000. It’s shocking to me that people who have so much money cannot even care about what that $2,000 will mean for us, people like us, people who I grew up with and people who are working families and working hard.”

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Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected calls to increase one-time pandemic stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, calling the proposal “socialism for rich people.”

Perry, who at one point was homeless, thanked God for his own good fortune but said many Americans are suffering.

“There’s so many good people out there who are hurting because of this pandemic,” he explained. “This shouldn’t be about politics. This shouldn’t be about playing games. This should be about getting people fed and getting them what they need.”

Perry appealed to Georgia residents to vote for change on Tuesday, Jan. 5, with control of the U.S. Senate at stake.

“I need all of us to get out. This is very important, get out and vote,” he continued. “Jon Ossoff and [Raphael] Warnock, those are my candidates I’m voting for. You can vote for whomever you like, but I think it’s very important that we get out and vote so that we can shift the power in the Senate, so that the people can be taken care of.”

The latest polls show tight races in the two Georgia Senate runoff races between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and the Rev. Raphael Warnock.

The races will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate.