Boxing promoter and convicted murderer Don King used the impolitic word “n***er” when he introduced Donald Trump at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, today. While King made his introduction, Republican nominee Donald Trump smiled in reaction to the glowing praise.
When King recalled his association with the late singer Michael Jackson, he spoke about discrimination directed at him as a black man. “If you're poor, you're a poor negro,” King said he told Jackson. He added, “I would use the N-word.” “But if you're rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you're an intellectual negro. If you're a dancing and sliding and gliding n***er – I mean negro – you are dancing and sliding a gliding negro. ... You know, you're gonna be a negro til you die.'”
Trump and King spoke at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors and Leadership Conference at the New Spirit Revival Center, just outside of Cleveland. King had flown to Cleveland on Trump’s jet while the Republican nominee continued his outreach to black voters, which has been unlike any recent Republican presidential wannabes.
“The system is the problem, and he's the only gladiator that would take on the system, like a David and a Goliath,” King said, “to be able to throw this system out and create a new system where it encompasses all women, people of color, blacks, and all freedom-loving people coming together to support themselves, under the leadership of the dynamic ... Donald Trump.”
“This is what we want and this is what America needs. America needs Donald Trump. We need Donald Trump – especially black people.”
Michael Cohen, who is one of Trump’s advisors, also spoke at the gathering and used the occasion to decry the narrative that Trump is a racist. “I've lost count as to how many times the disgusting liberal mainstream media have attempted to label Mr. Donald Trump a racist, a xenophobe and a bigot. And let's not forget sexist, misogynist, narcissist, Islamophobe, anti-Hispanic, antisemite, demagogue, and countless others. It's disgraceful,” Cohen said.
“Not only is Donald Trump not a racist, he believes that all people are part of one race: the human race.” He said, moreover, that Trump is a “great unifier.”
Cohen said, “He's a man of great intellect, great intuition and great abilities ... he's not doing this for the money, the fame and the power. Donald Trump has all of that without running for office.'”
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Trump spoke after King and repeated many of the themes he touched upon in a speech he delivered to a black congregation in Detroit, earlier this month. He spoke to the violence besetting many cities, especially Chicago, which has had more than 500 killings this year. “Chicago has had 3,000 shootings, I think, just since the beginning of the year,” he said. “The Democrats have run the inner cities for in some cases 100 years, unbroken ... I'm different. I'm different from other Republicans, frankly.”
“They come and take your vote, and they say, ‘We'll see you in four years.’"
Don King once promoted boxer Muhammad Ali and other champions. He also served four years in prison for killing an employee. He was later pardoned by Ohio's governor. Cleveland plans to designate a segment of a street “Don King Way.”
Earlier this year, King said in an interview with USA Today Sports that he likes Trump because he “brought out all the hidden back-room, under-the-table conversations.” He said, “If they would vet our politicians and leaders who are trying to be president like they vet Trump, they wouldn’t have none of these problems.”
“What I said is that with Trump calling all these people out, he [is showing he] can't be bought, he can't be controlled, the party can't control him, he works for the will of the people,' King said. 'They are the only ones he has an obligation to. Because, through the primaries, he was self-funded."
'They say he's dividing and polarizing. No. It's already polarized. It's already divided. What he's doing is exposing, he's not polarizing,” King said.