Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe has made his presidential preference very clear over the past few months, flooding his Instagram feed with images of democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. On Sunday he made it official by introducing Sanders during a Coney Island rally.
"Over the years of traveling across the United States and outside America with my former band, I've discovered within myself an underlying but potent appreciation of justice and a common decency," said Stipe, who also praised Sanders for voting against the Iraq war, pushing for LGBT equality and marching with civil rights leaders in the 1960s. "I seek out leaders who represent themselves honestly and fairly and who share the same appreciation of justice... Bernie Sanders isn't worried about political expediency or doing what polls might say is the right thing to do. His moral compass is due north and that is exactly what we need right now."