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Killer Mike says Bernie Sanders ‘can beat Trump’ in 2020, talks Georgia politics

Atlanta rapper and political activist Killer Mike was a public supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016, and now he’s rooting for another Sanders run in 2020.

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“I want him to do it,” Mike (aka Michael Render) said in an interview with TMZ this week. But the activist is more concerned with the Georgia races.

“I think all politics is local. In Georgia, we have the midterms coming up in November. And we have the opportunity to have the first black female governor,” he said.

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If the Vermont senator does take advantage of another opportunity to run in 2020, the Run the Jewels rapper said, “he can beat Trump.”

In 2015, the pair conducted a six-part interview inside Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, talking guns, marijuana, government benefits, race and more.

“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,” the rapper said then. “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.”

Watch the full interview below:

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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