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Glee's Kevin McHale implores fans to 'show up' and vote in US presidential election

Exclusive: "Bring a chair, some books, listen to Ariana Grande’s new album… Just be prepared to wait in line and do it" begs Celebrity X Factor star.

2020-11-02

Words: Jamie Tabberer

Former Glee star Kevin McHale has spoken out to encourage US fans to vote in this week’s election.

Republican leader and incumbent President Donald Trump will go head-to-head with Democrat Joe Biden in the polls on Tuesday (3 November).

In an exclusive interview with Attitude to be published in full later today, Kevin says he’s feeling “hesitant optimism” about the result – while adding theories about the outcome “mean nothing” if people don’t actually show up and vote.

"Bring a chair, bring some books, listen to Ariana Grande’s new album..."

“It’s far too late to mail in your ballot, [so] find a way to either drop off your ballot or go in person,” said the 32-year-old when asked for his message to US fans. “Make the time, wear your mask, do it safely, but you have to do it: show up. And the earlier the better.”

 
 
 
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The Celebrity X Factor star, who came out publicly as gay in 2018, added: “It may take hours to wait in line, which is crazy, but it’s worth it. If it takes two hours, eight hours, bring a chair, bring some books, listen to Ariana Grande’s new album a couple times… Just be prepared to wait in line and do it. We know what the ramifications [could be] for another four years.”

Last month, Kevin made his political allegiances clear by posting of a photo of himself in a hat brandishing Biden's name, and that of his running mate Kamala Harris.

 
 
 
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Angry about Barrett? Angry a 6-3 republican majority Supreme Court is potentially fucking with your healthcare on Nov. 10? Stripping women of their reproductive rights? Voter rights? LGBTQ+ rights? Take that anger and go vote blue up & down the ballot. I did it and it felt fucking great. Let’s roll on these assholes.

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Asked if he was feeling optimistic about this week's result, Kevin said: “Hesitant optimism. Four years ago, going into it, we were optimistic. The polls were optimistic. Everything was saying, this is the way it’s going to go. [But] because we don’t technically have a real democracy, we have the Electoral College, you know, Donald Trump ended up winning by [80,000] votes."

The star – who appears on MTV Cribs tonight – said he and his friends are feeling "a little traumatised, maybe have PTSD from going into the last election where this all feels familiar and it feels like we can’t let ourselves be too hopeful.

"We just need to keep our heads down and grind it out. Ignore the polls, ignore optimism, it doesn’t matter; the polls and pundits on TV do not matter. We can talk theoretics all we want, but if people don’t show up and vote, then it doesn’t matter. We’re all just a little scared.”

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