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Killer Mike goes on the defensive for “uterus” comment about Hillary Clinton

Killer Mike speaks to reporters in support of Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Rapper Killer Mike, a fervent and vocal Bernie Sanders supporter, has defended himself after a controversy erupted over him saying “a uterus doesn’t qualify you to be president” during a Sanders rally at Morehouse College in his hometown of Atlanta. In his speech, Killer Mike (an artist name for Michael Render), suggested that Clinton would be much slower in fixing issues of social inequality than the Vermont senator. “I talked to Jane Elliott a few weeks ago and Jane said, ‘Michael, a uterus doesn’t qualify you to be president of the United States. You have to have policy that’s reflective of social justice,'” he told the crowd. “Paying women a fair wage is social justice. Making sure that minorities have jobs is social justice. Ending a bullshit drug war is social justice.”

As several people on social media criticized him over his “sexist” comments, the rapper was quick to defend himself by saying he was quoting a female, feminist activist, and that people watching the whole speech would easily understand the context of his words:

Jane Elliott, the activist he was quoting also stood by the rapper’s words, telling the Huffington Post: “I think the reaction is because a man said what I said. If a woman had made that statement there would have been no problem, but because a man said it, it becomes a sexist statement. It’s a ridiculous thing to be upset about,” adding: “It should be a fact of life that neither gender nor skin color should determine whether you are appropriate for leadership of the government of the United States of America.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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