Popular rapper and activist Killer Mike has recently sparked a debate against Sunny Hostin, who is one of the co-hosts of "The View", over his words against Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. Lauded for his progressive activism, Killer Mike was queried on his holding back by co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin.
The conversation, which aired on Monday, danced in the nuances of local versus national political engagement with the highlight on Killer Mike's unique embrace of political endorsements. In his opinion, Killer Mike was even more emphatic in the call to take local politics much more seriously and encouraged the audience to invest in knowing their local structures of governance.
"We all get caught up in the soap opera of the presidential federal elections, but if you don't know your city council, you don't know your wardsman, your mayor, if you have a good list of state representatives or governor, then you are just a part of the fanfare," he said.
Notably, Killer Mike has been quite outspoken in support of Bernie Sanders ever since 2016 and has had a huge part to play in the campaigns of the Georgia Democrats, Jon Osoff and Raphael Warnock, his advocacy being of support to actually breaking the Republican stronghold in Georgia.
Killer Mike's Local Focus
In the interview, Killer Mike cited the mayor race in Atlanta as his major focus, commending Mayor Andre Dickens over what he has done with housing. He also noted the addition that Governor Kemp made to business in Georgia, a comment that led to a debate with Hostin.
Kemp's political odyssey - full of hard-fought victories against Democrat Stacey Abrams and pitched battles with former President Trump, who was making election fraud allegations - leaves him at this unique location on the political spectrum.
Hostin called that out as another hypocritical stance since the rapper had been a supporter of Kemp, and he replied, "Not support of Kemp. You can not like me, but don't lie on me." He added current leaders, even if they be on opposite sides politically, have to be engaged with to look after his community.
"Water under the bridge," said Killer Mike, who was arrested at the Grammys in a legal snag since settled, blaming too much security getting carried away in the excitement.