Trump, appearing before a predominantly white audience, said African-American communities are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before…. ever, ever, ever.”
Brooks and other African-American leaders lambasted Trump for ignoring 200 years of U.S. history when blacks were enslaved, then oppressed by Jim Crow laws.
“African-Americans were lynched, African-Americans were forced to drink out of colored water fountains, ride the back of the bus, were enslaved in this country …” he said in reaction to the remarks.
“We expect more from our presidential candidates,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview. The NAACP is a non-partisan group.
The Trump campaign is trying desperately to appeal to African-American voters in an attempt to cut into Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls. Some 71 percent of likely black voters are supporting her, according to recent polls.
That’s the same percentage of none-white voters who supported husband Bill Clinton in his successful 1992 race for the White House. He ran against then-incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush. Bush is supporting Hillary in this year’s election.
Despite a report today that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said he “preferred” Trump over Clinton, he went on record in March making clear he has never endorsed the GOP candidate.
Instead, Farrakhan praised Trump for refusing to take campaign money from Jewish groups. Farrakhan is virulently anti-Semitic. “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump,” he said, “but I like what I’m looking at,” according to politics Web site Politico.
Farrakhan spoke at the Men’s Day program hosted at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, DC, on Sunday and was highly critical of President Obama and Clinton. But he never endorsed Trump during his speech.
The erroneous report was carried first on right-wing news service Breitbart News.
Stephen Bannon, who heads up the news service, is working as Trump’s communications director.
Farrakhan has long been a controversial figure in the African-American community. He once praise Adolph Hitler as a “good man” and has spoken out frequently against Jews and LGBT Americans.
He has urged women to put husbands and children ahead of their careers, shun tight, short skirts, stay off welfare and reject abortion.
Last March, Farrakhan accused Jews of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, perpetrated by Muslim radicals, that brought down the World Trade Center Twin Towers.
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