*Killer Mike is attempting to capitalize on a leaked email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign that appeared to call him out.
Among the scores of hacked emails that have been released by Wikileaks from the Democratic nominee’s campaign, the Atlanta rapper has zeroed in on a Feb. 21, 2016, message to campaign chairman John Podesta that read, “I guess Killer Mike didn’t get the message.”
That line is now available from the emcee on black and white T-shirts for $28 and a black hoodie sweatshirt for $65.
The context of the email is unclear, but it was sent shortly after Mike began supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race.
The Daily Beast wrote about the rapper’s devotion to Sanders in February:
What makes Killer Mike’s association with the Sanders 2016 campaign unique is how he has gone above and beyond what is expected of your typical celebrity surrogate. (See: Lena Dunham and Katy Perry for Hillary Clinton, or Phil Robertson for Ted Cruz, who basically just show up at events, and sing or say nice things about their candidates.)
Killer Mike helps organize and plot events and outreach efforts; he revs up the crowds and introduces Sanders at rallies; he has hosted phone-banking for Bernie in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Nowadays, he practically tweets nonstop about why more Americans should Feel The Bern. To that end, Killer Mike advised the campaign to book more appearances on radio shows geared towards black audiences.
“I told them, ‘Hey, black people need to hear from you — do black radio,’” he said. “And he did black radio. And he’s doing more black radio.”