Trump Accuses Reverend Al Sharpton of Hating White People and Police
President Donald Trump is continuing his racist tirades directed at key members of the Black community. On July 29, the president assailed Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and accused Rev. Al Sharpton of being a “con man” who hate police and white people. “I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He ‘loved Trump!’ He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing.
Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC,” Trump wrote along with a retweet from Sharpton’s account. “Hates Whites & Cops!” He continued: “Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events. He would say, ‘it’s a personal favor to me.’ Seldom, but sometimes, I would go. It was fine. He came to my office in TT during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!” The remark came as Sharpton and others rallied behind Cummings and denounced the president for his racist diatribes against Baltimore. Trump called Cummings’ district, which includes Baltimore, “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” after the congressman criticized the conditions at immigrant detention facilities. Trump claimed there was “nothing racist” in his comments about Cummings’ district. “Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!” he tweeted. “If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership. His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!” Trump added. The president later linked his attacks on Cummings to his earlier remarks against four Democratic congresswomen of color, The New York Times reported. “If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left ‘Squad’ and King Elijah’s Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020,” he said. “The good news for the Dems is that they have the Fake News Media in their pocket!”
Sharpton quickly responded to Trump’s attacks, tweeting a photo of Trump speaking to him, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the legendary soul musician James Brown.
“Trump at NAN [National Action Network] Convention 2006 telling James Brown and Jesse Jackson why he respects my work. Different tune now,” he tweeted. “Trump says I’m a troublemaker & con man,” he added. “I do make trouble for bigots. If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.”
Sharpton continued to push back against Trump’s remarks in a series of media appearances. During a news conference, Sharpton told reporters that Trump “has a particular venom for Blacks and people of color,” Politico reported. Several people rallied behind Sharpton, including former vice president Joe Biden , NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). “[Rev. Al Sharpton] is a champion in the fight for civil rights,” Biden tweeted. “The fact that President Trump continues to use the power of the presidency to unleash racist attacks on the people he serves is despicable. This hate has no place in our country. It’s beneath the dignity of the office.”
“[Rev. Al Sharpton] has dedicated his life to the fight for justice for all. No amount of racist tweets from the man in the White House will erase that—and we must not let them divide us,” Warren tweeted. “I stand with my friend Al Sharpton in calling out these ongoing attacks on people of color.” Meanwhile, Harris called Trump’s remarks “shameful, yet unsurprising.”
According to The New York Times, Trump called upon a group of about 20 “Inner City Pastors,” as he referred to them, to defend himself over claims of racism. The meeting, which White House aides claimed was planned before Trump attacked Cummings, was a way to woo in African American voters for next year’s election.
Rev. Bill Owens, founder of the Coalition of African American Pastors, told reporters he found it “hard to believe” that Trump is a racist. When asked about Trump’s attacks on Cummings, Owens said, “Well those are his words. I don’t want to second-guess what he says because I hear a lot of things. I see also people pandering to Black people, to get them on board with some of their agenda.”
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