Pearson had said the Republican party’s views on racial and gender disparity inspired him to change parties.
On Wednesday, he reportedly told CNN that he believed Sanders was “the right man for the White House.”
“This election will make a pivotal difference in the future of our nation,” Pearson said, according to CNN. “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.”