Seth MacFarlane says Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (I-Vt.) won the first Democratic primary debate with his impassioned call to action on the issue of climate change.

Introducing Sanders at a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, the “Family Guy” creator said Sanders is the only candidate who gave the right answer to what America’s greatest threat is.


“The other candidates gave answers like the crisis in the Middle East, nuclear Iran, ISIS, cyber warfare, offensive tweets — all legitimate threats to be sure,” MacFarlane said. “But Sen. Sanders was the only person on that stage who gave the correct answer: climate change.”

He joked that it would be “way funnier” if GOP front-runner Donald Trump won the general election but maintained “it would be far better for the health of the country if Bernie Sanders is the next president of the United States.”

The Emmy Award-winning television series-creator also touted Sanders’s stance on income inequality as a point in the Democratic socialist’s favor.

“But doesn’t it seem that things have swung so far in one direction, with the top one percent of the country controlling more wealth than the other 99 percent combined, that just a little bit of democratic socialism maybe is not the worst idea?” he asked.

MacFarlane said Republicans have tricked the American public into believing that “socialism is a bad word,” but said Sanders’ surging presidential campaign has made the term acceptable again. 

“For me, this man has removed my trepidation over saying aloud that capitalism and democratic socialism, that not-so-scary word, can and should coexist,” MacFarlane said. “The public and private sector — it’s really not that new an idea.”

“There’s a word for the man who can do that. The word is ‘leader.’ ”

MacFarlane previously campaigned for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid.