The 13-year-old star of viral conservative videos says he’s changed his mind about who belongs in the White House in 2016.
CJ Pearson, who was once the chairman of Teens for Ted Cruz, said Wednesday he is now endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president.
“This election will make a pivotal difference in the future of our nation,” he told CNN.
“If it takes changing your mind to make the right choice as to who should lead our country, I’m willing to do it,” Pearson added. “Screw the optics.
“People are struggling in America. We need the right man in the White House. And in my opinion, that man is Senator Bernie Sanders.”
Pearson built his massive social media following earlier this year by criticizing President Obama in multiple online videos.
He now has more than 5 million YouTube channel views, more than 37,000 Twitter followers and more than 100,000 likes on Facebook.
Pearson said Wednesday that he is leaving the GOP behind because he prefers Sanders’s stances on social justice issues.