Senator Bernie Sanders secured a coveted celebrity endorsement from Killer Mike on Monday, with the rapper joining the Vermont senator and Cornel West for a discussion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Asked by reporters how he arrived at his decision to support Sanders, Killer Mike said he made up his mind “after smoking a joint and reading his tweets.”
Co-opting the legacy of MLK for his socialist campaign messaging, Sanders spoke of “racial justice” being intertwined with egalitarian economic outcomes, railing against “wealth inequality.”
West concurred with the fusion of socialism with MLK’s pursuit of civil rights for blacks.
“I was sitting in church today, Mother Emanuel Church, and we were reading the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and it just makes you shake and quiver,” West said. “And I said to myself, ‘This is what the Sanders campaign is about. This is what it’s about. It’s about the poor, working people. It’s about keeping track of the weak and the vulnerable. It’s about mustering the courage to tell the truth about Wall Street, about wealth inequality.”
Waxing political, Killer Mike railed against the “military industrial complex” and the pursuit of “social justice.” He added that MLK was killed because he was promoting the socialistic vision of Sanders. In other words, MLK was martyred for socialism, with Sanders as his heir.
Killer Mike joins an esteemed and growing list of celebrity leftists openly supporting Sanders’s candidacy, including but not limited to: Susan Sarandon, Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman, Steve Wozniak, John C. Reilly, Justin Long, Ben Foster, Zoe Kravitz, Danny Devito, Margaret Cho, Juliette Lewis, Jeremy Piven, Flea, Neil Young, and Wil Wheaton.
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