'Seinfeld' villain Newman returns to take down Trump

Wayne Knight reprises his mailman role to criticize the POTUS and Postmaster General in spot from Democratic super PAC PACRONYM

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Oct 09, 2020

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Actor Wayne Knight is perhaps best known for his iconic role on "Seinfeld," in which he played Jerry's ultimate foe Newman, a mailman with a giant chip on his shoulder. Ahead of the elections, Knight dons his U.S. postal garb once again, but this time, he has his eyes on thwarting another nemesis—Donald Trump.

In a new spot from Democratic super PAC PACRONYM, Knight appears as “your friendly local mail carrier,” ranting at the camera about the “systematic, premeditated assault on the U.S. mail by President Trump and the so-called Postmaster General … They’ve had the unmitigated gall to try and slow down the mail.”

Such activities threaten not just mail-in ballots, but also people’s prescriptions, social security checks, military benefits, and “millions and millions of Crate and Barrel catalogs," he warns. But ever vigilant, he encourages viewers to vote early and assures them, “Everybody knows that the only person who can slow down the mail is a mailman!” 

Meanwhile, a pair of suited gents try to walk off with a postal box in the background, only inspiring him to turn up the heat—with all the grace of classic Newman. “Alright Donnie, you know those tax returns? Those ones you don’t want anyone seeing? You should never have mailed those!” he barks, half-choking on a cookie he pulls from a random package.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the ad served as a reunion, of sorts. It was written by Dave Mandel, the former Seinfeld writer and producer who went on to become the executive producer and showrunner of “Veep.” Mandel was also the one to recruit Knight to step back into the Newman role. 


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