Filmmaker Spike Lee has officially endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In a one-minute SoundCloud, the Do the Right Thing director told South Carolina to “wake up” and throw their support behind the Vermont Senator during the state’s Democratic primary, which will be held on Saturday.
“I know that you know the system is rigged,” Lee said in the recording. “For too long, we’ve given our votes to corporate puppets. … Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008, and many are still recovering. And that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders.
“Bernie takes no money from corporations,” he continued. “Nada. Which means he is not on the take. And when Bernie gets in the White House, he will ‘do the right thing.’ How can we be sure? Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping.”
After a call to action, the director turned his message over to “Bernie from Brooklyn,” who approved the message. Lee then took back the mic for a stinger: “Paid for by Bernie 2016,” he said, “not the billionaires.”
Sanders has been attempting to appeal to African-American voters as primaries have begun. Fourteen of South Carolina’s 46 counties report that more than half of their registered voters are not white, according to Bloomberg. Earlier this month, as part of his appeal to black voters, Sanders launched a new ad that featured the daughter of Eric Garner, the New Yorker who died last year after a policeman put him in a chokehold and whose death sparked national outrage.
Sanders and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, faced off in a BET Town Hall Sunday that was titled Black Votes Matter. “I feel very supported by the large majority of the African-American community,” Clinton said during the broadcast, according to CNN. “I feel trusted by them.”
“Hillary Clinton is trying to embrace the president [Obama] as closely as she possibly can,” the news network reports Sanders as saying. “Everything the president does is wonderful. She loves the president, he loves her and all that stuff. And we know what that’s about. That’s trying to win support from the African-American community where the president is enormously popular.”