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Bernie Sanders was relieved to find out Killer Mike was not a murderer

Sanders gets some hip-hop 101.


Brianna Holt


Posted on Nov 22, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 1:06 pm CDT

Most of us know Killer Mike as a hip-hop artist or social justice activist. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, thought he might actually have been a killer.

In an interview with GQ, Sanders stated that one positive of running for president was his interaction with Killer Mike. The Atlanta artist supported Sanders throughout the Democratic primaries.

He went on to express his delight in finding out that Killer Mike did not actually get his name from killing anyone.

But you did a good job finding unlikely interlocutors, like the Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, who became an outspoken supporter. 
Killer Mike is a serious guy.

Exactly. Your web-video interview with him was fascinating.

It turns out that Killer Mike is an extremely bright guy.

I assume somebody had to explain to you who Killer Mike was.

Yes, they did. The name got me a little bit nervous. But Killer Mike has never killed anybody. It’s just, he’s a killer rapper.

According to the rapper, his stage name originated from his name being Michael and his ability to “kill microphones.” But we prefer the Sanders version: “It’s just, he’s a killer rapper.”


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*First Published: Nov 22, 2016, 9:08 pm CST