Bernie Sanders’ support system found unconventional ways to captivate voters over the holiday weekend.
In addition to facing off against Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley during NBC’s Democratic Debate on Saturday, Sanders requested the help of ally and rapper Killer Mike to answer questions on his behalf in the spin room, Pitchfork reports.
Mike shared his thoughts on Sanders’ performance and mentioned he was impressed with how the Vermont Senator held his own against Clinton. He also explained why he became such a big fan of Sanders.
He then compared his dialect to legendary rap group the Beastie Boys.
When asked what he thought of Sanders’ skills as a speaker, he replied, “I think he’s damn good. I think he’s of the Beastie Boys’ lineage—he definitely could have killed it with the boys from Brooklyn.”
Mike and Sanders’ friendship kicked off last year and led to a six-part Q&A in Atlanta, where the rapper announced his official endorsement. Since then, the two have engaged in frank conversations on race, gun control, education, and criminal justice reform.
Prior to the Democratic debate, the duo spoke with Dr. Cornel West and former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sanders praised the late leader’s willingness not to shy away from procuring equal rights in the midst of backlash and hate.
“Let me tell you what kind of blew me away when you think about Dr. King’s life,” Sanders said during the discussion, which was live-streamed on his campaign’s website. “Obviously, it took an enormous amount of courage to stand up to the segregationists, racists — they got jailed, they got beaten up — an incredible amount of courage. But what impressed me even more … he could’ve rested on his laurels. The establishment would’ve said, ‘You are a great black leader. Look what you did: You got the Voting Rights Act. Wow! You broke down segregation in the South. Incredible!’ But you know what? This is what courage is about. He said, ‘Enough.’ If he was going to be consistent with his own inner soul, he had to ask other questions.”
West praised Sanders and compared his efforts for the Black community to MLK. He even called him “Brother Bernie” during the discussion.
“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.”
Check out the rest of their discussion in the video above.
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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