Hollywood turns out for Hillary

Actresses Vivica A. Fox (in hat) and Angela Bassett (right of podium) join Clay Middleton, state director for Hillary for America, at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. The press conference was to announce six more endorsements from state lawmakers and to kick off get-out-the-vote events the actresses led later in the day.

COLUMBIA — Actresses Angela Bassett and Vivica A. Fox, along with several members of the General Assembly, endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

The actresses joined a few state lawmakers, including Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, who came out in support of Clinton with less than three weeks until the Feb. 27 Democratic primary.

“I’m standing with Secretary Clinton because in the aftermath of the shooting of the Mother Emanuel tragedy, it was Secretary Clinton who visited Charleston, South Carolina, and elevated the conversation of race,” Kimpson said. “She talked about economic empowerment for people who have not had those opportunities ... we are going to deliver a resounding victory.”

Basset, known for her role as singer Tina Turner in the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” and on TV’s “American Horror Story” series, and Fox, known for her roles in the “Kill Bill” films and “Independence Day,” didn’t give any remarks before heading off to get-out-the-vote events for Clinton. Both were welcomed in the Senate and House, where they posed for pictures with lawmakers and House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, showed off his movie buff stripes.

“Let’s be honest, you got robbed for ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ ” Lucas proclaimed about Bassett’s 1994 Academy Award nomination.

In addition to Kimpson, Reps. Robert Brown, D-Hollywood; Pat Henegan, D-Benettsville; Leola Robinson-Simpson, D-Greenville; David Weeks D-Sumter; and Seth Whipper D-North Charleston, increased Clinton’s state lawmaker endorsement tally to 27.

Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Colleton, had previously endorsed Clinton.