Killer Mike Responds to Backlash Over 'Uterus' Quote About Hillary Clinton

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels
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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels perform on Day 1 of the Osheaga Music and Art Festival on July 31, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.

At a recent Bernie Sanders rally at Atlanta's Morehouse College, rapper Killer Mike -- who has been vocal about his support for the Democratic presidential hopeful -- became the target of backlash after quoting activist Jane Elliott during a speech centered on social issues. 

"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.'"

The full quote in context, according to CNN, is as follows: 

"When people tell us, hold on, wait a while, and that's what the other Democrat is telling you. Hold on Black Lives Matter, just wait a while. Hold on young people in this country, just wait a while. And then she get good, she have your own momma come to you, your momma sit down and say, 'Well, you're a woman.' But 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 be, you have to have policy that's reflective of social justice.' Paying women a fair wage is social justice. Making sure that minorities have jobs is social justice."

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Some critics sounded off on Killer Mike after the remarks were dubbed #UterusGate online. The Run The Jewels MC then responded via Twitter, saying that it wasn't a personal attack on Clinton or her campaign to be the first female president of the United States. 

"So Women are being told to not vote Hillary is sex betrayal & Becuz another progressive woman says something disagreeing I'm sexist. Lmfao," he wrote.

Mike also name-checked several female politicians he would support for the Oval Office. "I wud gladly see Any one who can lead this country on behalf of the worker lead. Cynthia McKinney, Elizabeth Warren, Connie Rice. I'm ready ... But i don't and never will Hate or think less of woman. Sen. Nina Turner is my Next Great Political Champ but I'm sorry No HRC for me."

Billboard has reached out to Killer Mike and Jane Elliott for additional comment. 


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