At a Terry McAuliffe campaign event in Virginia on Friday, musician Pharrell Williams didn't tell residents to vote for the Democrat gubernatorial candidate during the Nov. 2 election, instead urging Virginians to vote broadly.
"I'm not here to tell you to vote for a person or vote for a party," Williams said. "I'm asking you to vote and be a part of the process of being a Virginian."
"So again, when you go home, if you haven't voted already, speak to your neighbor no matter what color they are, no matter what color they're wearing. Speak to your fellow Virginian. That's how we show love to one another," he added later in his speech.
Following Williams' supposed endorsement, or lack thereof, the music mogul introduced the campaign's main speaker.
"And last but not least, I'm going to bring up the former governor and maybe the governor to be again, Terry McAuliffe," said Williams.
Despite the unenthusiastic introduction, McAuliffe has claimed that he has Williams' full support and complete endorsement of his candidacy, stating: "I mean, we gotta ... every community needs to be open and welcoming to everybody. And if people feel there are tensions within one's community, then they're not going to grow, they're not going to be successful," according to WTKR 3.
"So, if all of these people are feeling there's toxicity out there, as governor, as I did before, I'm going to break down walls. I'm going to make sure we're open, inclusive. Every community here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. But I've spoken to Pharrell many times on this topic. He's very upset. That's one of the reasons why he's supporting me for governor," McAuliffe continued.
Following Williams' appearance, the Glenn Youngkin campaign said the singer's lackluster "endorsement" was a seal of approval for Virginians to vote for the Republican contender. "At Terry McAuliffe's event, Pharrell Williams told the crowd it's OK if they vote for Glenn Youngkin," wrote Team Youngkin on Twitter.