In a lengthy interview conducted last month at his barbershop in Atlanta, Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike spoke with Bernie Sanders about a broad range of issues, including the alarming racism that has emerged at Trump rallies across the country.
“I played Mexico City yesterday…and I yelled, ‘Fuck Trump!’ and basically 20,000 Mexican citizens repeated it,” Killer Mike told Sanders. “I feel like that in my heart. I’d even tell that to Jesus Christ.”
“How dangerous is it that a man just got beat up at his political rally?” he went on, referencing the Black Lives Matter activist who was beaten at a Trump event last month.
“You’ve got a lot of people in this country who are angry, and they are angry because their jobs went abroad, they don’t have any money to take care of their family. They don’t know why they are angry, why things in their lives are going badly,” Sanders replied. “People are angry and they’re frustrated, so somebody like Trump comes along and what does he say? He says, You’re angry and you’re frustrated? It’s that black guy over there.“
“It’s those Mexican immigrants,” Mike adds.
“Yeah. They’re criminals and they’re rapists! We got to keep them out. Or: You know what? It’s the Muslim across the street. You know that woman who has the thing on her head? That’s your enemy right there. And you play on people’s fear and anxiety,“ Sanders continued. “This is the oldest story in the book. You know, It’s the Jews and it’s the Irish and the Italians.”