Rapper Lil B: Sanders has ‘leg to stand on’ with protesters
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Lil B is feeling the Bern.

The Bay Area rapper, who is somewhat of an Internet sensation, has for weeks been a supporter of self-described socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.), even after a 2011 lyric claiming Hillary Clinton was “gonna win that presidency.”

The support for Sanders, Lil B told CNN in a new interview, stems in large part from his decades of history in political activism.

"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," he said.

“She didn't have any part in trying to march against segregation," he added. "She was just a follower.”

Lil B — whose real name is Brandon McCartney — is a former member of the rap crew The Pack, and is also known as the Based God. Despite a lack of mainstream radio airplay or record sales, he has a strong and devoted following online, and became known among basketball devotees earlier this year for casting a curse on several NBA players, including Houston Rockets star James Harden.

In his CNN interview, the rapper appeared to support Sanders against Black Lives Matter protesters who took over his stage at a Seattle rally this weekend. 

"It might be uncomfortable for him to talk about the issues but he has a leg to stand on," Lil B said.

"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.

"I think he handled it very classy," the rapper added. "I think Bernie let them speak and it’s the admirable thing to do.

“He didn't have security escort them off stage,” he said. “That's another plus side for Bernie."