Hip-hop star Killer Mike introduced Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally in Atlanta on Monday by quoting some of his rap lyrics. 

“I don’t trust the church or the government. A Democrat, a Republican. A pope or a bishop or those other men,” the rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, said in a speech before Sanders took the stage. 


“But after spending 5 hours with someone who has spent the last 50 years radically fighting for your rights and mine,” Killer Mike continued, “I can tell you that I am very proud tonight to announce the next president of the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders.” 

Sanders and Killer Mike dined together before the candidate’s rally. 

The rapper endorsed Sanders for president in June after the candidate cited his support for restoring the Voting Rights Act.

“In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country,” the rapper said Monday night. 

Killer Mike, who is one half of the rap duo Run the Jewels, also touted Sanders’s stance on healthcare being a right of every citizen, ending the war on drugs and that education should be free for every citizen. 

“Make sure that wherever you go, you take the … idea, the philosophy and the ideology of Bernie Sanders there and you make sure … they have felt the Bern,” Killer Mike said to loud cheers.