Killer Mike Delivers Powerful Endorsement Of Bernie Sanders

The rapper-activist said Sanders "has spent the last 50 years radically fighting for your rights and mine."

Rapper Killer Mike delivered an impassioned speech in Atlanta Monday night endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president.

"In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country," the hip hop star, activist and Atlanta native said.

Killer Mike cited Sanders' stance on the Voting Rights Act, health care, education and ending the war on drugs as reasons for backing the Vermont senator's Democratic campaign.

Sanders spent part of the day with Killer Mike, who took him around the city and out for a meal at a soul food restaurant.

"I have said in many a rap, I don't trust the church or the government, a Democrat, Republican, a pope, a bishop or those other men," Killer Mike said. "But after spending five hours tonight, after spending five hours with someone who has spent the last 50 years radically fighting for your rights and mine, I can tell you that am very proud tonight to announce the next president of the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders."

Sanders also posed for a photo in which he did the Run the Jewels hand gesture with Killer Mike:

A photo posted by Killer Mike (@killermike) on

Run the Jewels is Killer Mike's collaboration with rapper El-P. After the speech, El-P sent out a series of tweets endorsing Sanders:

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