Spike Lee Says His Family Is Split on Sanders and Clinton

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Two of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s own sat down for a candid discussion for the Hollywood Reporter. Spike Lee and Sen. Bernie Sanders shared thoughts about the current political climate, as well as their Brooklyn upbringings. The interview was conducted right before the Wisconsin primary, in which Sanders earned a victory.

One of the most interesting points discussed during the interview was the importance of voting in the black community.

"What do you have to do to get the older generation of African-American votes?" Lee asked Sanders. "You're like the new guy on the block. You've got the young Hispanic, African American, you got it. But the older generation, black folks, they know the Clintons 20-some years."


"We're doing phenomenally well with all of the young people—white, black, Latino, you name it, Asian American. And we're getting killed, frankly, not just with older African Americans but also older whites, older Latinos," Sanders replied.

"It's the weirdest thing in the world," he continued. "And what really bothers me is I spent half my life in Congress helping to lead the effort for senior citizens: We led the effort against cuts to Social Security—we want to expand Social Security; we took on the drug companies who are doing terrible things to elderly people. You know seniors are cutting their prescription drugs in half. So we have a lot of work to do in terms of reaching out to seniors, not just African Americans, but seniors all across the board. We're figuring out how you get the message out there."

Sanders also remarked on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and how it's too late "for establishment politicians and established economics."

But in the Lee household, there's a rift when it comes to politics. Not everyone is rooting for Sanders. The Lee household is divided: Lee and his children are die-hard Sanders supporters, while Lee's wife supports Clinton.

"We try not to talk about the two Democratic candidates in the Lee household," Lee stated.


Well, you know the saying, "Politics makes strange bedfellows."

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