UPDATED: Tuesday, Sept. 21 2:50 PM EST:
Don King, who made boxing promotion an art form, seemed like a fish out of water in the political ring on Wednesday.
ABC News reports that he let the N-word slip out when introducing his friend Donald Trump at a campaign event in Ohio, riling up some social media users.
King shared a story with the audience about a conversation he claimed to have had with Michael Jackson. Recalling that conversation, he said:
“…If you’re poor, you are a poor Negro — I would use the N-word — But if you are rich, you are a rich Negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you are an intellectual Negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding n****er — I mean Negro — you are a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro. So dare not alienate, because you cannot assimilate.”
Trump sat behind King, who stood at a podium in the New Spirit Revival Center, a Cleveland Heights, Ohio church.
Ohio Black Pastor To Host Trump Town Hall On African-American Issues
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to participate in a town hall meeting Wednesday on Black issues at the Cleveland church of a Black minister, a supporter who spoke at the Republican National Convention, Cleveland.com reports.
Fox News will record the event, which features Fox personality Sean Hannity, and broadcast it Wednesday night on Hannity’s show.
The Rev. Darrell Scott, who ministers the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, told WKYC that the candidate is scheduled to meet with “a large statewide group of pastors.” New Spirit’s website says the event will focus “on African-American concerns.”
It’s dubbed a town hall meeting, but it’s questionable whether Trump and the audience will seriously debate issues affecting the Black community. A Fox spokesperson told Cleveland.com that no other media outlets are invited to the event, and she did not know if the general public could attend.
Trump has made statements about criminal justice that makes many African-Americans uncomfortable. At the Republican National Convention, he promised to restore law and order, which sounds like code for always siding with law enforcement—even when there’s contradictory video evidence. He has also accused the Black Lives Matter movement of “essentially calling death to the police.”
Scott has championed Trump’s candidacy. He spoke at the RNC and serves as CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. But according to Cleveland.org, he’s far from being one of the city’s prominent Black ministers with a history of engaging in political or community affairs.
“I will be interested to know who attends. At this point, I think he [Trump] has made himself very clear about where is, what he stands for and whom he’ll be standing with,” the Rev. Jawanza Colvin, a Cleveland minister, told Cleveland.com.