Actress Alfre Woodard appeared on “Pensacola Speaks” yesterday to promote early voting and Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
Woodard has been nominated once an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and 18 times for an Emmy Award (winning four). She has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.She has always been very active politically and has been in Florida this week working to help get out early votes for Hillary Clinton.
She said on “Pensacola Speaks” that Hillary’s supporters have been excited.
“People have said that there was an energy gap or enthusiasm gap,” said Woodard. “I think people are just waiting for the game to start. They know that it’s game time now. People are stepping up.”
Why is early voting so important?
“One thing that the early vote does is that if anything goes wrong, you’ve got plenty of time to fix it,” she said. “If you don’t quite know where your polling station is or anything like that. Also, on the day there could be a hurricane, there could be a load of oranges fell out of a truck on the freeway. You might have keys to the babysitter, might have to do an extra class, and can’t get over to you. There’s all kinds of things that could go wrong, and then if lines back up, people can’t stay well from their lunch hour.”
Woodard believes that electing Clinton is important to continue the momentum of the Obama administration.
“This election is so important because it took Barack Obama eight years with one hand tied behind his back working with an openly hostile opposition to build us back up above ground after an economic low that was catastrophic,” she said.
“With Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State and representing us in the world, we brought back the respect and the cooperation of our allies,” said Woodard. “Donald Trump and his blasters keep going round as if they live somewhere that I don’t know where it is, but we are doing well.”
She believes that President Obama has accomplished more in his two terms than any other president had in history, and Clinton was with him building that progress.
“We don’t want people to come in and start kicking down the beams after we got the foundation and the first floor erected,” Woodard said.
“There are people who along with Donald Trump–Rudy Giuliani and all of those guys—who would like to take us back to a period, before most of your listeners were born, back when people in the early 60’s could stand in state houses and stand in the national political forum and just spew hatred and intolerance.”