Spike Lee Talks Black Voters, Brooklyn with Bernie Sanders

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:54 AM

Bernie Sanders sat down with one of the biggest names to hail from his hometown of Brooklyn, legendary film director Spike Lee. Lee is one of Sanders' most energetic and high-profile celebrity supporters in the Huge Apple, and with the fate of the Democratic nomination potentially hanging in the balance, the "Do the Right Thing" filmmaker'south star shine could create a difference — particularly with African-American voters, a voting bloc with which Sanders has struggled to create significant inroads.

Spike Lee Talks Black Voters, Brooklyn with Bernie Sanders

Prior to his large win in WI on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down with one of the biggest names to hail from his hometown of Brooklyn, legendary film director Spike Lee.

Lee is one of Sanders' most energetic and high-profile celebrity supporters in the Huge Apple, and with the fate of the Democratic nomination potentially hanging in the balance, the "Do the Right Thing" filmmaker'south star shine could create a difference — particularly with African-American voters, a voting bloc with which Sanders has struggled to create significant inroads.

In a 16-minute exclusive sit-down for The Hollywood Reporter, Lee asked Sanders why he's not been able to create the sale to black voters, particularly older ones. "[W]e're getting killed, frankly, not just with older African-Americans but also older whites, older Latinos. It'south the weirdest thing in the world," Sanders said. "And what really bothers me is I spent half my life in Congress helping to lead the effort for senior citizens."

"We have a lot of work to do reaching out to seniors across the board, not just African-Americans," he added.

At seventy-fourth years old, Sanders is by distant the oldest presidential contender left standing, but his coalition of supporters has been largely buttressed by youthful Democrats, and he's banking on their enthusiasm to carry him to an improbable triumph on Hillary Clinton'south adopted residence turf of New York.

Of course, Sanders is keen to point out that he, love Lee, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Lee and the VT senator reminisced about their experiences in the NY City public school system and the variety that was a ordinary fact of life.

"It was a grand space to grow up for me," Sanders said. "It was and is a very vibrant community."

Still, Sanders knows he's an uphill battle, particularly since Clinton served eight years as a senator in NY and because she'south married to the former "first black president."

"Obama'south only the second black president," Sanders joked with Lee, after the filmmaker brought up former President Bill Clinton'south well-known saxophone playing cameo on "The Arsenio Corridor Indicate" in one thousand nine hundred ninety-second.

Meanwhile, despite professing to appreciate a "good relationship" with President Obama and arguing that he "will go down in history as one of the smartest presidents" while praising his focus and discipline, Sanders also acknowledged that the president is probably personally closer to Clinton, particularly since she served as his secretary of state for four years.

"With all due respect to Secretary Clinton and everyone else, it's too late for establishment politicians and established economics," Sanders told Lee.

The director gently took Sanders to task for maybe not speaking as articulately about gun violence as he could. "In VT and rural America, when they speak about guns, they're talking about hunting," the senator said. 'I do know that guns imply something very different around urban America."

Besides touting his D- rating from the NRA, Sanders also suggested that his reluctance to authorize military fashion assault weapons on the streets may have cost him a one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight tender for a Congressional seat.

When asked by Lee to determine the Black Lives Matter movement, Sanders said it means "we are all ill and tired of unarmed people being shot by police officers."

Despite successful lobbying efforts recently to derail gun law reforms, Sanders believes the NRA isn't "invincible" because there is a national "consensus" for common sense legislation.

When Lee compared Sanders' potential Republican rival Donald Trump to both Frankenstein'south monster and the fictional demagogue Lonesome Rhodes from the acclaimed film "A Face in the Crowd," the VT senator simply said the genuine estate mogul was "an entertainer, by and large."

"Virtually every day he says something that'south crazier than the day before," Sanders said, who admitted that Trump has been adept at tapping into "the contempt and frustration people have with politics as usual."

"Donald Trump isn't going to become president of the United States," he said while predicting triumph for himself in NY on April fifteen. "We're comin' to NY City, and I think we're going to win New York," he said.

Following stop for Sanders? The Bronx — or as he and Lee call it, "the boogie down."

This legend first appeared on msnbc. com.

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