Love him or hate him, Bay Area rap phenom Lil B is a cultural icon and folk hero for many millennials. So when the rapper and university lecturer seemingly switched his allegiance in this presidential race from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders, CNN paid attention.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin asked the 25-year-old about what led to him ending his support for Clinton (for whom he offered praise and endorsement in his song “Bitch I’m Bill Clinton”) and switching to Sanders last month, via a series of tweets. The whole interview is worth watching (check out the video above) but here are a few choice quotes from CNN’s article on the interview.
Citing Clinton’s support for Sen. Barry Goldwater’s failed 1964 presidential campaign as a “Goldwater girl,” he said:
Once the people started telling me about Bernie Sanders and comparing what he was doing back in his younger days and what she was doing, it made me kind of look at her different—not really respect her as much as I thought.
The rapper also praised the Vermont senator for following him—a black man—on Twitter, and addressed Sanders’ encounters with Black Lives Matter activists at two campaign events.
It might be uncomfortable for him to talk about the issues, but he has a leg to stand on. I mean, if he was marching for civil rights back then, he was protesting against segregation … and all the youth, the black youth, should be able to hear him out.