Hip Hop pioneer and mogul Russell Simmons is supporting Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.

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The business magnate called Clinton a longtime friend and slammed her rival, Bernie Sanders, as a candidate who is insensitive to African-Americans’ hardships and is making promises he can’t possible keep.

“I think that Bernie Sanders is overpromising,” Simmons said on Friday. “He’s insensitive to the plight of black people.”


The Def Jam co-founder hailed Clinton as the Democratic candidate with the best chance to win the general election in November and said her policies are realistic.

Sander is “insensitive in a number of ways, and I would get into it if we had time,” Simmons said, “But I think Sen. Clinton has been sensitive, supportive of the progressive agenda, she’s realistic in what she can get done, she’s able to beat the Republican candidate, and I think that Bernie Sanders would not be able to — or could lose — and I don’t wanna take that chance.”

While Sanders has been openly critical of President Barack Obama, Clinton has aligned closely with the president, and black voters have overwhelmingly supported her campaign over Sanders’ — especially in the Southern states that voted on Super Tuesday.