On the same day former 2020 candidate Kamala Harris endorsed Joe Biden for President, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
The Hill reports Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president, the campaign announced Sunday.
“A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path,” Jackson said in a statement. “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.”
Jackson said former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign had not reached out or asked for his endorsement.
Jackson said the Vermont progressive answered the concerns of the black community in his support of voting rights and renewing the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The civil rights leader plans to speak at a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday.
He said the “black firewall” has changed the dynamics of the election and that campaigns need to appeal to the black community.
Sanders announced the endorsement earlier in the day on ABC’s “This Week.”
Later on today, we’re gonna have the support, I believe here in Grand Rapids, of Jesse Jackson, and I think you well know, you know Jesse has been one of the great civil rights leader.
JUST IN: Sen. Bernie Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos that civil rights activist Jesse Jackson will endorse him later today.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 8, 2020