In a passionate conversation on The Real on November 9, Killer Mike — a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders, and an indefatigable activist who had fully expected Hillary Clinton to secure the presidency — tried to make sense of the results of the 2016 election. For him, Donald Trump's election isn't so much a surprise, as the workings of the Republican party planted seeds of disenchantment in voters generations ago.
“Even though I was not a Hillary supporter, I had always said, publicly, ‘I think she's gonna win,’ or if she says something directly to my community, I'd jump on side with her,” he told The Real's Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry, and Ashanti, via Pitchfork. “I didn't think it'd be this close, but I knew people were mad.”
Through oppressing people with the “illusions” of patriotism, the military, classism, white supremacy, and other pressing ideologies, Killer Mike stresses that the Republican Party saw an opportunity in appealing to the poor white population of this country, and that this focus helped win Trump his ticket to the Oval Office. “I knew that people were mad enough to do things that I didn't expect them to do,” he continued. “I saw people that look like me and you say they were voting Trump, and that scared me. That scared me a lot.”
In short: “I think poor people got angry. And I think that there happen to be, by this country, more poor, angry, white people.” Watch his full comments above.