John Legend brought some star-power — and his powerful pipes — when he appeared at a Democrats rally Sunday in Cincinnati.
With a huge turnout expected for Tuesday’s midterm elections, the EGOT star left nothing to luck. An outspoken critic of the current administration, Legend delivered a lengthy speech which he completed by singing a line from “Glory,” his Oscar-winning collaboration with Common. With one small twist. “One day… Tuesday…when the glory comes, it will be ours, it will be ours. Oh, glory,” he sang.
Earlier, Legend blasted the Republicans for gerrymandering and engaging in voter suppression. “The government we have today does not reflect the will of the people,” he told the gathering, according to Cincinnati.com. “It does not reflect our values. In fact, it is run by a party that is afraid of democracy. The Republican Party is afraid of democracy.”
Ohio, did you know that EVERY SINGLE state House seat (99 total!) is up for election this year? These positions are crucial for redistricting. Let’s show up for the Democratic candidates running for the OH House! pic.twitter.com/jImG6u6vJQ
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 5, 2018
Great to be back in my home state of Ohio supporting amazing Democrats running for office this year. If you live in Ohio, be sure to vote @SherrodBrown for Senate, @RichCordray for Gov, yes on Issue 1 and Dem up and down the ticket!
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2018
The Ohio native also threw his support behind Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment on the local ballot that would lessen penalties for crimes of obtaining, possessing, and using illegal drugs.
“Show up at the polls to vote in such overwhelming unprecedented numbers that their dogged efforts at suppression won’t work,” he said. “We’re not just voting against their agenda, we’re not just voting to hold Trump accountable and check his abuses of power, though those are good reasons to vote. In Ohio, we also have positive reasons to vote, too.”
Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval and Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also spoke at the get-out-the-vote event.
Watch the “Glory” moment below.
John Legend campaigns for Democrats in Ohio, finishes his speech with a line from his song “Glory.”
One day when the glory comes
It will be ours, It will be ours
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 5, 2018