TI Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders, Which Isn’t Surprising Because of This Sexist Statement
There are a lot of ways you could read into rapper T.I.'s endorsement of Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday.
Back in October, Vibe reported the rapper outlined his case against Clinton in an interview. Simply put: She's a woman, which means she has way too many feelings:
"Not to be sexist, but I can't vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman," he said. "Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It's kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally — they make very permanent, cemented decisions — and then later, it's kind of like it didn't happen, or they didn't mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain't ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman]."
In his endorsement, which he posted on Instagram, T.I. took aim at Clinton's now-infamous "super predator" comments to imply that Sanders would be better on criminal justice, an issue that's disproportionately impacted black people generally, and Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. specifically.
T.I. falls into a trap that's swallowed up plenty of Bernie Bros, one that suggests economic and criminal justice reform is possible, even likely, to happen without a thorough look at sexism.