Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Endorses Sanders and Warren, Says It Is Time for Biden to Stand Down

A Black Lives Matter co-founder has said it is time for Joe Biden to step down as a Democratic primary candidate on Monday night as she endorsed Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for the party nomination.

Patrisse Cullors told MSNBC last night that she was giving a joint endorsement to Sens. Sanders and Warren because progressives needed to "make sure that we don't get people like Mike Bloomberg, people like Biden into the president's office."

She also pushed for Biden to end his campaign ahead of the South Carolina primary on Saturday, accusing him of having an "old guard mentality" and coming from an "old establishment."

Cullors' endorsement of the progressive senators came days after her fellow Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza's Black to the Future Action Fund group endorsed Warren for president, according to The Hill.

Speaking on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber last night about who she would be supporting in the 2020 cycle, Cullors said: "I'm choosing to dual-endorse both Senator Sanders and Senator Warren.

"We need all hands on deck right now for progressives to join the movement to make sure that we don't get people like Mike Bloomberg, people like Biden into the president's office."

BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors
Patrisse Cullors speaks on stage at the Teen Vogue Summit 2019 at Goya Studios on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images for Teen Vogue

Asked if she would like to see the progressive senators on a ticket together, and who she'd like to see at the top of that ticket, the Black Lives Matter co-founder said: "I'm not there yet to decide who's going to be on the top of that ticket. I think I want to try to unite as many of us together to push for both of these candidates to be leading candidates.

"It's important that we beat the Bloombergs of the world and the Bidens of the world. They have created much devastation in our communities, and I think we're at an important moment to get either Senator Warren or Senator Sanders into office.

"I think for former Vice President Biden, it should be time for him to stand down," she later added. Cullors said he had an "old guard mentality" and was part of an "old establishment," and argued that it was important that he "takes a step back for new leadership."

Newsweek has contacted the Biden 2020 campaign for comment and will update this article with any response.

Although the former vice president has not won the endorsement of Cullors ahead of the South Carolina primary later this week, Politico reported on Monday that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is set to endorse him on Wednesday.

The South Carolina representative's endorsement is widely viewed as influential in the state, with the Democrat regularly winning by large margins in the sixth congressional district.

Appearing on NBC News' Meet the Press on Sunday, Clyburn confirmed he would be issuing an endorsement on Wednesday but did not allude to who he would be backing.

An endorsement from Clyburn might prove pivotal for Biden heading into Saturday's primary, as his progressive rival Sanders goes into the race with strong momentum on the back of Nevada caucus and New Hampshire primary victories.

South Carolina primary polling averages published by FiveThirtyEight and Real Clear Politics both show the former vice president's backing in the state spiking since Saturday.

At the time of writing, the FiveThirtyEight polling average shows Biden has an eight point lead over Sanders in South Carolina, with 30 percent of state Democrats backing him.