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John Legend performed during the recent "Stand Up and Vote" event at Irvine Auditorium. Credit: Kylie Cooper

John Legend is supporting former Penn Law School professor Elizabeth Warren in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. 

"[Warren is] the best candidate running today and she comes at it with joy and with sincerity and with a wealth of knowledge and experience," Legend, who is a 1999 College graduate, said in a profile for the December issue of Vanity Fair.

Legend also questioned why many men feel intimidated by the prospect of having a female president. 

“Honestly, I don’t comprehend why guys hate women so much sometimes,” Legend told Vanity Fair. “You see someone as transparently competent and eloquent and on fire as Elizabeth Warren and then you hear some guys just are not into voting for a woman. Why do guys feel so threatened by the idea of a woman president?” 

The singer and actor recently headlined “Stand Up and Vote” at Penn, an evening of comedy and musical performances aimed at increasing voter registration. At the event, Legend performed several hits like “All of You” and “Love Me Now” while urging students to register to vote. Legend also spoke at Penn's 2014 commencement and received an honorary degree the same year.

Legend has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, calling the president "a flaming racist" after his tweet attacks on Baltimore this July. He has also feuded on Twitter with Trump, who called him and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, a “boring musician” and “filthy mouthed wife,” respectively. 

At Penn, students have formed a political group called Penn for Warren to support Warren’s campaign. Penn for Warren has also united with Philly for Warren to host debate watch parties. 

Many analysts see Warren as a top contender for the Democratic primary, and she has received a lot of support from the Philadelphia area. She was recently endorsed by District Attorney Larry Krasner and Mayor Jim Kenney for president. 

“I’m grateful down to my toes for your support,” Warren tweeted in response to Legend’s revelation. 

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