- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

C.J. Pearson, the 13-year-old black conservative who became a viral sensation earlier this year after denouncing President Obama on YouTube, has changed his mind about who he’s supporting this presidential election season.

C.J., the former chairman of Teens for Ted Cruz who recently renounced the conservative movement, said Wednesday that he is now endorsing Democratic candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders, CNN reported.

“This election will make a pivotal difference in the future of our nation. If it takes changing your mind to make the right choice as to who should lead our country, I am willing to do it. Screw the optics,” he said. “People are struggling in America. We need the right man in the White House. And in my opinion, that man is Senator Bernie Sanders.”

C.J. said he left the conservative movement due to its “lack of concern over racial discrimination in this country.”

The teen’s personal website features endorsements from Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul and former Rep. Allen West.

“They weren’t happy, but honestly, I didn’t expect them to be,” C.J. said of the change. “I have to be my own person. I have to stand on my own two feet.”

“My activism is centered around fighting to give young people a voice in their government and in the political arena,” he said. “With President Sanders, young people will have that voice. So, in my opinion, I’m doing exactly what I set out to do at the beginning of my political career.”

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