Dave Chappelle to host fundraiser for Democratic primary candidate Hill Harper in Michigan Senate race

Dave Chappelle to host high-profile fundraiser for Democratic primary candidate Hill Harper in Michigan Senate race
Dave Chappelle will host Hill Harper’s campaign with $500 ticket fundraiser in Detroit (Getty Images)

DETROIT, MICHIGAN: Legendary comic Dave Chappelle, 50, is stepping into the political spotlight, headlining a high-profile fundraiser for Hill Harper, a longshot Democratic candidate in Michigan’s heated Senate race.

The event is set for July 11 at Detroit’s iconic Saint Andrew’s Hall, with tickets starting at $500 through the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue.

Actor and U.S. Senate candidate Hill Harper engages the audience during the State of Our Democracy: Voter Apathy in the Black Community panel on day two of the 2023 37th Annual NOBCO Economic Development Conference at The Westin Charlotte on October 20, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for NOBCO)
Author and TV actor Harper Hill will be a first-time candidate when he faces off with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in the state’s Democratic primary on August 6 (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Dave Chappelle set to headline Detroit fundraiser 

For the more politically engaged, a $3,300 ticket offers access to a VIP reception with Harper post-show. This sum represents the maximum individual contribution allowed per federal election cycle. Harper, 58, an actor and author known for his roles in 'CSI: NY' and 'The Good Doctor,' is hoping to script a political upset on August 6 by defeating Rep Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich) in the Democratic primary. While recent polls show Harper trailing with just 8 per cent, his supporters believe the Motor City could propel him to victory.

Dave Chappelle attends the Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
Dave Chapelle is set to host a fundraiser for Democratic candidate Hill Harper (Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

“Slotkin is the DSCC, Chuck Schumer-anointed choice. They want her,” a senior Republican strategist from the Midwest told The Post. “Harper thinks it’s a huge problem that Detroit has no Black reps in DC. Chappelle clearly seems to think so too. But [Harper] is a Hollywood guy with lots of famous friends. This could just be the beginning,” reported the New York Post.

“Slotkin has way more money and momentum right now,” he added. “But if Harper can maximize events like this and get his message out, Detroit could absolutely carry him to DC in November.” “There’s so many people out here across Michigan — I’ve been to all 83 counties —folks that don’t feel represented by their federal delegation,” he told reporters in May.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) speaks about the need for further gun control research during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 29, 2023 in Washington, DC. A shooting at a Nashville elementary school over the weekend reignited calls for further gun control measures by Democratic members of Congress. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
Rep Elissa Slotkin is in a race against Hill Haper for the Democratic primary (Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Chappelle remains a dedicated Democrat, having endorsed Andrew Yang in the 2020 primary and reluctantly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. The August primary winner will face former GOP congressman Mike Rogers in the general election, vying for the seat soon to be vacated by retiring Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

Internet slams Dave Chappelle over fundraiser for Hill Harper

As news broke of Chappelle headlining a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Harper, online critics lit up with reactions.

A social media user tweeted, "Pathetic."

Another said, "For Democrats, Hill Harper is better than sleazy Elissa Slotkin But Michigan should elect Republican @MikeRogersForMI"

A third claimed, "Love Dave. It won’t help. Dems are F’d in 2024."

"Retard," read a tweet.






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