Ashley Judd has tweeted her endorsement of Karl Dean for Tennessee governor.
The Tennessean reported the story Friday.
Did you know that 54% of voters are women? We absolutely have the power to influence an election! I am so proud to endorse my friend, former Nashville Mayor @KarlFDean, in race for governor of the great state of #Tennessee.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) September 14, 2018
Her Tweet read, “Did you know that 54% of voters are women? We absolutely have the power to influence an election! I am so proud to endorse my friend, former Nashville Mayor @KarlFDean, in race for governor of the great state of #Tennessee.”
The activist and actress is a Franklin resident and sister to country singer Wynona Judd.
Judd is backing Dean because of her support for abortion and other reproductive rights, The Tennessean said.
Dean said in July he was committed to maintaining access to healthcare for women when asked if he would support a bill making it harder to have abortions.
This is far from Judd’s first bizarre entry into politics.
In 2017 Judd slammed Donald Trump during a Women’s March on Washington, where she read a Franklin teen’s poem against the president.
The video is available to watch here.
Quoting the 19-year-old in a dramatic tone, Judd ranted, “I am a nasty woman. I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust. And I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler … A mustache traded for a toupee.”
The letter Judd quoted likened homosexual conversion therapy to Holocaust gas chambers: “Turning rainbows into suicide notes.”
“I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia…” and the list went on.
According to The Daily Caller, other Judd-sims have included:
“She has spoken out against having kids, saying it is ‘unconscionable to breed’ while there are so many starving children in the world.
She has criticized the tradition of fathers ‘giving away’ their daughters at weddings, calling that practice ‘a common vestige of male dominion over a woman’s reproductive status.’
She has even compared mountaintop removal mining to the Rwandan genocide, and has criticized Christianity as a religion that ‘legitimizes and seals male power.’”
There has been no word on whether Judd would support any other races in Tennessee. But perhaps U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hopes Judd would endorse her opponent Phil Bredesen.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.