Spike Lee Endorses Bernie Sanders, Believes He Will 'Do The Right Thing'
The legendary director is feeling the Bern.
Spike Lee knows presidential nominee Bernie Sanders will do the right thing if elected to the White House. The New York Times reports Lee's endorsement of the Vermont Senator was heard in a radio ad Tuesday (Feb 23) in South Carolina. The ad's release comes days before the state's primary on Saturday.
Lee's endorsement rests on a common interest the two Brooklyn natives share; racial equality. "Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King," Lee says. "He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.” Voters were also reminded that Sanders is against taking money from corporations in his grassroots campaign. "Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the great recession of 2008, and many are still recovering,” Lee said. “And that’s why I am officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations. Nada. Which means he is not on the take. And when Bernie gets into the White House, he will do the right thing.”
ABC News reports Sanders also scored another big endorsement from actor Danny Glover. The actor attended events in South Carolina supporting Sanders last week in South Carolina.
Both Sanders and Clinton have been accused of pandering to the Black vote by expressing mass interest in issues like the mistreatment of those of color in police custody, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, criminal justice reform and education.
Currently, African-Americans make up 55 percent of Democratic voters in South Carolina, with the majority of voters siding with Clinton. The Sanders campaign has remained strong since their New Hampshire win earlier this month but are hoping to have some kind of support in the south.