As he pursues re-election, President Biden is shunning money from a traditional blue network: Hollywood.
The union-friendly president doesn't want to muck up his brand by fundraising in Los Angeles while actor and writer strikes are ongoing, TMZ reported.
Sources said Biden has $25,000 per person events on hold until the strikes are over. Ever the politician, Biden is mostly worried about how things look.
"Nothing has been scheduled. There are no events planned so far, but they will happen when the strikes are over," a source said.
Democrats have long counted on vacuous celebrities for money and votes, and Biden is no exception. His dependence on Hollywood was clear in 2020, when California's power elite brought in roughly a fifth of all the money Biden raised.
Of course, celebrity endorsements were also a highly visible factor in Biden's weird "basement campaign," which relied heavily on surrogates in the media to push Biden across the finish line.
Writers and actors in Hollywood are demanding better working conditions and compensation. They're also protesting the rise of AI, which threatens to replace many jobs in the entertainment industry - where constant reboots and smothering propaganda show creativity to be at a historic low.
The Hollywood strike has tapped into the Dems' traditional support of unions and their embrace of an industry where leftist ideology is pervasive.
But it has left Dems like Biden, whose campaign is co-chaired by DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, conflicted.
Vice president Kamala Harris postponed an event with MTV weeks ago out of solidarity with strikers. Biden expressed support for the strike at the time but said he hopes it's over ASAP.
"I sincerely hope the writers' strike in Hollywood gets resolved and the writers are given a fair deal they deserve as soon as possible," Biden said at the time.
"This is an iconic, meaningful American industry. And we need the writers and all the workers and everyone involved to tell the stories of our nation and the stories of all of us," he added.
Now we know why he's eager for the strike to be over in a hurry: Biden is losing money.
If he wants to support writers, maybe Biden could hire some halfway decent propagandists. His administration's messaging insults the intelligence of the American people.