Money quote: “We don’t need incremental change, we need bold leadership, and that is what Bernie Sanders brings to the conversation,” Dawson said while opening for Sanders at a March 23 San Diego rally. “This is about us. It’s not just about a party. This isn’t the GOP vs. the DNC. This is about the 99 percent that is too big to fail against the one percent.”
Does it matter?: Dawson is one of Sanders’ more prominent supporters. Although Hollywood tends to be left-leaning, the majority of high-profile celebs from the likes of Katy Perry to George Clooney have expressed loyalty for Hillary Clinton.
The child of a Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban singer and a construction-worker stepfather living in a formerly abandoned home on the Lower East Side, Dawson, with her humble roots, is a voice for the underprivileged. Her praise for Sanders could therefore help him gain the support of minority voters — a demographic Clinton has seen more success securing thus far.