Actor Larry David has gained some fame in the political realm for his stunningly accurate comedic impression of 2020 hopeful and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — but apparently, impersonating Bernie isn’t what the comedian has in mind for the next four years.
According to The Hill, David said plainly that Bernie Sanders “should drop out” out of the Democratic presidential primary race, paving the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to clinch the party’s nomination.
Time’s up, Bernie
Despite a strong start for Sanders in the early primary states, everything changed when Biden mounted a comeback in early March, dominating Super Tuesday and taking a solid lead in the delegate count — only for everything to be placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sanders has yet to announce definitively whether he intends to keep running or end his presidential campaign before the Democratic National Convention this summer, but David made it clear in an interview with The New York Times that he would prefer the latter.
“I feel he should drop out,” David said of Sanders in the interview, published Saturday, according to The Hill. “Because he’s too far behind. He can’t get the nomination.
“And I think, you know, it’s no time to fool around here. Everybody’s got to support Biden,” the actor added.
What would have happened?
David may actually have a personal stake in whether Sanders decides to continue running or not, given his popular impression of the curmudgeonly senator — once Sanders is out, he likely won’t have to do it anymore.
Indeed, one of the benefits of the ongoing coronavirus shutdown and self-isolation — which suits David quite well, he said — is that he no longer has to jet back and forth from Los Angeles to New York to do Saturday Night Live skits. “Imagine if he had become president, what would have happened to my life?” he joked to the Times.
To be sure, it isn’t that David dislikes Sanders personally. In fact, he recently discovered that he and the senator are distant cousins. “When I see him, it does feel like I’m talking to somebody in my family,” David opined, according to The Hill.
A rocky road ahead
Of course, while it is unlikely that Sanders will be seeking out campaign advice from David, the senator may soon decide to withdraw from the presidential race on his own accord.
According to ABC News, the senator has conceded that he is “assessing” his campaign — but as recently as Wednesday, Sanders has said he’s not going down without a fight.
“Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very, very difficult moment,” Sanders told ABC. “We are assessing our campaign.”