Nearly nine months after meeting with Donald Trump, comedian and talkshow host Steve Harvey expresses regret, saying he experienced backlash unlike he has ever witnessed in is life. Further, the meeting was suggested by, wait for it, the Obama transition team.
“It was so vicious that it really threw me,” Harvey said in a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?!”
Harvey claims that his business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, saying the Trump transition team wanted to set up a meeting. He says he wishes he had listened to his wife, who encouraged him to skip the meeting.
“The Obama team said they thought it would be a good idea because the president is encouraging dialogue. And I have a relationship with Obama. We’re friends. So I say, ‘OK, cool.’ Now, here’s the crazy thing: I’m supposed to be on a boat for my 60th birthday, so my wife says, ‘Steve, just take off [and skip the meeting]. You’ll meet with him some other time.’ God, I should’ve listened.”
Harvey says he admitted to Trump in the meeting that he campaigned for Hillary Clinton, but they made “a lot of mistakes in the campaign.” Harvey says that now that Trump won the election, he wanted to help him.
He reportedly told Trump, “You’ve appointed Ben Carson as the head of Housing and Urban Development, and I’ve got keys to a lot of cities around this country from the years of performing that I’ve done. I can get an ear to them really quick and find out what their real needs are. Y’all keep closing schools in the cities. Why don’t we take those schools that are closing, put some HUD money in them, and reopen them as vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding? If you connect me with Ben Carson, I can help him with that.”
Harvey says since the meeting, he has met with Carson, but not with Trump.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
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