Artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who designed the iconic “Hope” poster during then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPoll: Clinton outpacing Obama with millennials 5 things the US must do to avoid losing influence in Asia When did Russia become the enemy again? MORE’s 2008 presidential campaign, is backing Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to Justice Department: Block AT&T purchase of Time Warner Poll: Clinton outpacing Obama with millennials White House contest casts shadow over mega-deal MORE.
“I’m supporting Bernie Sanders because I want to push principles, not personalities,” Fairey said in a video released by the Sanders campaign on Wednesday evening.
“I’m tired of portraits,” he continued. “I want to make images about people of substance, about the issues they care about.”
The Sanders campaign also released a new T-shirt designed by Fairey with an artistic rendering of Sanders’s “Feel the Bern” slogan and a call for a “political revolution.”
Shepard also said in a statement accompanying the T-shirt that Sanders is the candidate running for president who “embodies the principles of justice, equality, liberty and access to the American dream.”
“Bernie needs help from people like you and me and I think he’ll look out for the needs of people like you and me,” he added. “Pick up a T-shirt and help support Bernie Sanders!”
In response to the endorsement, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon pointed to Sanders’s criticism of Obama and said the Vermont senator is doing a “poor man’s imitation” of the 2008 campaign.
“Diss Obama by day, do poor man’s imitation of 2008 campaign by night,” he said in a tweet.
Diss Obama by day, do poor man's imitation of 2008 campaign by night. https://t.co/jN14g4pMCc— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 18, 2016