In a late-night rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Lady Gaga gave one of the last big stump speeches for Hillary Clinton in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. She appeared at an event alongside Jon Bon Jovi and the Clintons themselves, and made a passionate case for voting for Clinton.
First, she called for unity across the political spectrum. “We do not need to hate his followers. If we are true, true Americans, then we must go from viewing his followers as our adversaries to viewing them as our allies,” she said. “And what I see in this remarkable woman is that she is ready to restore peace in this country. America is not America without its people.”
Then, she gave a full-throated endorsement for Clinton. “Hillary Clinton is made of steel. Hillary Clinton is unstoppable,” she said. “It’s an honor tonight for me to say, a 30-year-old woman from an Italian-American immigrant family, that I’m with her.”
She transitioned to her performance by quoting the song she was about to sing, “Come to Mama.” “So ladies and gentlemen, why don’t you put your voting shades on, practice your walk to the polls, and go out and vote for Hillary Clinton,” she said. “I think it’s time to come to mama.”
Gaga also performed her song “Angel Down,” which is dedicated to Trayvon Martin. Before she started, she twice called out “Black Lives Matter” to the cheering crowds.
— 𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚗 𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛 (𝚑𝚎/𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢) (@ToBeSelfEvident) November 8, 2016
It turns out even Gaga’s outfit was making a statement. Some knee-jerk reactions compared it to a Nazi uniform, but LaToya Jackson pointed out that it was a tribute to Michael Jackson. Gaga was wearing the exactly outfit Michael wore while visiting George H.W. Bush in the White House. CNN reports that the jacket was one of 55 items Gaga bought from an auction of the King of Pop’s memorabilia in 2012.
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) November 8, 2016