After Mark Cuban suggested that people donate to local food banks instead of the highly-contested Senate run-off races in Georgia, singer John Legend shared his disdain for the billionaire’s idea, according to Fox News.
“For those considering donating to Reps or Dems in the Georgia Senate run-offs, can you please re-consider and donate that money to your local foodbank and organizations that can help those without food or shelter? Lets [sic] put Americans in need above Politics,” Mark Cuban wrote.
For those considering donating to Reps or Dems in the Georgia Senate run-offs, can you please re-consider and donate that money to your local foodbank
and organizations that can help those without food or shelter? Lets put Americans in need above Politics
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 12, 2020
“I get that politics is annoying and contentious, but the bottom line is that the Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation,” Legend retorted.
“We need massive stimulus and aid to individuals and small businesses. Government needs to do this. Charity isn’t sufficient.”
“That being said, I’ll be doing both.”
I get that politics is annoying and contentious, but the bottom line is that the Senate flipping would be far more impactful than a food bank donation. We need massive stimulus and aid to individuals and small businesses. Government needs to do this. Charity isn’t sufficient
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 12, 2020
Cuban then asked Legend if he thought “more money will increase the chances of winning” and if he thought “either party puts fundamental reform over gaining/retaining power.”
“I believe the Democrats will do more to help the country recover,” Legend added.
“Period. I don’t think it’s even close.”
“Mitch will be obstructionist and try to find ways to make Biden a one-term president, just as he promised (and failed) to do with Obama. But I don’t know if we’ve reached the point of diminishing returns for donating to the runoffs in Georgia.”
“It’s hard to know. But I plan to err on the side of donating to help Ossoff and Warnock win. I hope it works. It will be better for the country.”
“Let me explain this to billionaire: WE are the party of feeding people. YOU are the party of not feeding people. WE will use all of our money to flip the Senate so people get all the food all the time.”
“Thats [sic] how WE put Americans above Politics Mark Cuban,” Arnold, 61, said.
“I’m neither party,” Cuban said.
“The political duopoly is at the heart of why we are partisan. When you play us VS them it gets worse. Want to see it get better Take the money away from both parties. You eliminate the power of Mitch and Nancy and make them serve their constituents instead.”
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Amid the political firestorm the Georgia run-off races have fueled, the “Shark Tank” star suggested that money that will be funding four different Senate campaigns would be better spent on those in need, especially amid faltering economic recovery.
The Mavericks owner fired back, telling Legend, “Let’s go all the way. Stop donating to charity, give those $ to politicians because 1 party will solve all of our problems! Come on John. There is a point of diminishing returns on political ad spend, there are no diminished returns when it comes to feeding the hungry.”
The musician doubled-down, writing: “Agree that there is a point of diminishing returns to political ad spending. So we should choose whether or not to donate with that in mind. But charity isn’t going to be sufficient to address all the suffering out there. We need big spending that only governments can do at scale.”