Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on Bernie Sanders: ‘Don’t believe the ‘unelectable’ hype’

The Democratic candidate tied with Hillary Clinton at the Iowa Caucus earlier this week (February 1)

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has urged US voters not to believe the ‘unelectable’ hype around Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Koenig performed with Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth at a Sanders rally in Iowa City last weekend, where he also spoke to CNN about his support of the politician.

Following the results of the Iowa Caucus on Monday, Koenig shared a post on his Instagram page continuing his support of Sanders. “Shoutout to my favorite singer: Bernie Sanders. He came from 50 points behind to tie Hillary Clinton in Iowa,” Stereogum reports the post began.


He continued: “Disagree with him all you want but don’t believe the “unelectable” hype. They say elections are decided by independents in swing states. Imagine you’re an independent voter alienated by both parties – which major candidate has more potential to speak to you than Bernie?”

“He is the only candidate who comes from outside the two-party system. He can win,” Koenig concluded. “Extra respect to the 84% of young ppl in Iowa who voted for Bernie. Let’s hope you get to spend your adult life in a world with leaders who support your values.”

Presidential hopeful Sanders concluded a speech in Iowa on Monday night (February 1) by playing David Bowie’s classic hit ‘Starman’.

Other musicians who have shown support to the candidate so far include Killer Mike, Thurston Moore and Neil Young.