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Killer Mike explains why Trump won: "Poor people got angry"

Ralph Bristout

 // Nov 9, 2016

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Killer Mike appeared as a guest on the daytime talk show "The Real" today (November 9) and reacted to Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Mike, who has been vocal about not supporting Hillary Clinton, admitted that despite his stance he thought she would be elected president. "Even though I wasn't a Hillary supporter, I have always said publicly I think she's gonna win, o if she says something directly to my community, I'd jump on the side of her," he stated.

When asked why he thinks people are upset about the decision, Mike answered, "I think poor white people are mad because the system that promises you something based on that, isn't gonna ever give you that."

"I think poor white people during the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi were the least paid white people in the country. They were treated as bad as any black worker, but simply because of an imaginary line of race got put there and they can still say I'm superior to this person, they never joined the black worker and fought for better conditions for them all," he continued. "And I think that they work for a party and have voted for a party that used the illusion of patriotism, that use the illusion of military, that use the illusion of even better by skin color and class to oppress them."

Going further, Mike added that hearing African Americans say they were going out to vote for Trump "scared me a lot."

"People who look like all the people on this panel – black, brown, and all types of hues in between– I think that we have been used by a party to the liberal side that once enacted, and once in office, has not enacted policy that was reflective of stuff that would bring our communities up, so I think poor people got angry, and I think that there just happen to be, by this country, more poor angry white people."

Killer Mike on Why People Are Mad
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Mike had been exceedingly vocal about his support for former democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and once went as far as stating that a vote for either Trump or Clinton was one in the same. Days before Election Day, he urged black voters to "stay the fuck home" if politicians did not promote tangible change on issues like police brutality, unemployment, decriminalization of marijuana and more. "Get something or give nothing," the note read.

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