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25 Musicians ‘Feeling the Bern’ for Bernie Sanders

Sanders has the support of everyone from Killer Mike to Jackson Browne, and Diplo to Cat Power

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Bonnie Raitt, Killer Mike and Dave Matthews are among the prominent musicians who support Bernie Sanders.

Donald Trump may have the market cornered on oddball celebrity endorsements like Tila Tequila and Hulk Hogan, and Hillary Clinton may have locked down female superstars like Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian — but Bernie has the musicians.

His bench is deep. Back in September, 128 "artists and cultural leaders" signed a letter endorsing Sanders' "new vision for our country." The list cut across genres: Jackson Browne next to Jello Biafra, Killer Mike just above composer Hans Zimmer.

Since then, yet more musicians have come out to declare they're feeling the Bern; Diplo, Z-Trip and Bassnectar from the world of electronic dance music, rappers Big Boi and Lil B and rock legends like Roger Waters and Neil Young have all pledged their support to the campaign. 

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Reggie Watts

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American comedian Reggie Watts poses during a photo shoot in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Carly Earl/Newspix/Getty Images)

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Reggie Watts

On Christmas, Watts tweeted simply, "Bernie Sanders." He followed that up with a brief but powerful message nine days later. That one said "#FeeltheBern." 

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Serj Tankian

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Serj Tankian of System Of A Down performs at SSE Arena Wembley on April 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Serj Tankian

The System of a Down singer declared his support for Bernie Sanders on Facebook in August, encouraging his fans to attend a rally for the Vermont senator in Los Angeles. 

"Couldn't help myself with this one," he wrote. "When it comes to standing up to the oligarchs, leading the fight for civil rights, income equality, and so much more, no other politician has been so consistent and incorruptible as Bernie Sanders."

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Julian Casablancas

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Julian Casablancas

The Strokes vocalist was among Bernie Sanders' early supporters. In May, Casablancas, who rarely tweets, used the platform to tell his followers, "Bernie Sanders guys, c'mon y'all. he's the only candidate not bribed and the only one fighting for good (just in case you were wondering)."

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Nash, Young, Crosby

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Graham Nash, Neil Young and David Crosby

Three out of four members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young agree: Bernie Sanders should the next president. Nash, Young and Crosby signed their names to a letter endorsing Sanders' bid for the White House. Crosby has also tweeted about his admiration for Sanders.

After Donald Trump used his song "Rockin in the Free World" during his campaign announcement, Young declared publicly that Trump was unauthorized to do so, but that Sanders was free to use it. 

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Thurston Moore

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Thurston Moore

The Sonic Youth guitarist declared he was backing Bernie, adding his name to a letter of endorsement signed by 127 other artists. 

Bernie Sanders; Musical Endorsements; Election; 2016: Bassnectar


Bassnectar (real name: Lorin Ashton) expressed positive feelings for Sanders in an interview with Galore in August. Ashton said, "I definitely like the mentality of Bernie Sanders, but I don't expect to see him as a winning candidate. It'd be wonderful if he did! He appears to be someone that really does care about his values. Most other people that I’ve heard, have really shit values, or don’t really care too much or use vague political statements. They’re more behind a typical corporate agenda."

He added, "I think politics are such a distracting circus in our country, and when candidates speak, it's seldom critical, and doesn't reflect what they tend to do. I like that Bernie has some conviction."

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