Killer Mike Defends His Criticism of Hillary Clinton
Killer Mike was a speaker at Bernie Sanders' rally in Atlanta yesterday (Feb. 16) and some of his comments were deemed sexist by Hillary Clinton supporters. During his impassioned speech, Mike quoted noted anti-racist, feminist and LGBT activist Jane Elliott regarding Clinton's presented policies and his use of the word "uterus" drew backlash.
"That's what the other Democrat is telling you: hold on Black Lives Matter just wait a while," started the rapper. "Hold on young people in this country, just wait a while. Then she get good--she'll have your own mama come to you and say, 'well, you're a woman.' But I talked to Jane Elliott a few weeks ago and she said, 'Michael, a uterus doesn't qualify you to be the President of the United States.' You have to have policy that's reflective of social justice. Paying women a fair wage is social justice. Making sure that minorities have jobs is a social justice. Ending a bullshit drug war is social justice. Making sure our children can go to college is social justice!"
Clinton supporters took the rapper's comments as misogynistic and offensive and went after Mike on Twitter. Responding to those who took offense to Elliott's quote, the Run the Jewels rapper made it clear that he is not against woman running for office, but he does not support Clinton's campaign.
"So women are bing told not to vote Hillary is sex betrayal and because another progressive woman says something disagreeing I'm sexist?" he questioned. "I would gladly see anyone who can lead this country on behalf of the worker lead. Cynthia McKinney, Elizabeth Warren, Condoleezza Rice. I'm ready. But I don't and never will hate or think less of woman. Senator Nina Turner is my next great political champ. But I'm sorry, no [Hillary Rodham Clinton] for me."
Killer Mike has become one of Sanders' most vocal supporters and his impressive barbershop sitdown with the candidate led to him becoming a frequent guest at Sanders-related events.
Watch the MC's Morehouse College speech and read his tweets below.
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