Killer Mike has what some would call unique political views. His critically-acclaimed music, particularly as one half of Run the Jewels, interrogates police brutality, but that hasn’t stopped him from discussing his own family’s employment in law enforcement. He has launched a failing campaign for an open Georgia state representative seat and later described it as a publicity stunt to draw interest in the election. And, particularly after the Emanuel AME Church massacre, he has advocated for Second Amendment rights.
Yesterday, the Atlanta-bred artist univesrity lecturer (whose government name is Michael Render) took to social media again to throw his growing critical and political clout behind Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) for Democratic presidential primary. In a Twitter post, Mike attributed his support to Sanders’ advocacy for the Voting Rights Act:
It’s official I support @SenSanders! His call 4 the restoration of the voters rights act sealed the deal for me.
— Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) June 29, 2015
In addition, he posted to Instagram and called out Hillary Clinton’s work with Barry Goldwater and the Republican party during the early-to-mid 1960s:
It remains to be seen whether or not Mike’s endorsement will pan out for Sanders, or even Render’s future political career.
(H/t In These Times)