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Civil-rights activist Cornel West endorses Bernie Sanders, scorns Donald Trump

'I endorse Brother Bernie Sanders.'


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Published Aug 25, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 2:36 am CDT

Cornel West, an American civil-rights activist and academic, has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president.

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West tweeted the endorsement on Monday night, explaining that Sanders has “authenticity and integrity” beyond his 2016 rivals.

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The endorsement from West, a long-standing, prominent black voice in American politics, comes after the Sanders campaign faced multiple disruptive protests from the Black Lives Matter movement. The incidents brought into focus Sanders’ lack of minority support. Since then, the Sanders campaign has committed to meeting with Black Lives Matter leaders.

West’s previous endorsements include former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-NJ) in 2000 and then-Sen. Barack Obama 2008.

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West also commented extensively on the candidacy of Donald Trump, the current front-runner in the Republican bid for the White House.

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*First Published: Aug 25, 2015, 12:00 pm CDT