Wow: Al Sharpton Just Said Something Unexpected About Donald Trump – It Might Surprise You

There is a fragile bridge that connects Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and New York City-based activist Al Sharpton — a bridge built more on mutual needs and political self-interest than full and open trust.

That’s the picture Sharpton paints in an interview with Politico.

“People close to Sharpton say he likes Clinton, and is probably inclined to endorse her – but he doesn’t quite trust her, wants to see how her sputtering campaign performs, and is intent on exercising maximum leverage on the issues he cares most about: community policing, sentencing laws, urban economic development,” wrote Glenn Thrush. “When I turn the tape off, he says, ‘The minute you endorse you become a surrogate and I want to be an advocate.’”

Asked by Thrush if Clinton “gets” race, Sharpton avoided a declarative answer.

“I think she’s familiar with it,” Sharpton said. “She worked for Marian Wright Edelman as he marched for Dr. King, and I think that her husband and his Arkansas background and living more with blacks, they were more ‘accultured.’ But comfort and culture is two different things.”

Sharpton left no doubt that he would endorse in this year’s presidential contest. Eight years ago, he supported Barack Obama over Clinton and said, “Hillary Clinton has never done nothing for us.” Sharpton later clarified that to mean Clinton never supported his specific organization, but his words were given a much wider interpretation at the time.

During the Politico interview, Sharpton also talked about GOP candidate Donald Trump, like Sharption a child of New York City.

“The best way I can describe Donald Trump to friends is to say if Don King had been born white he’d be Donald Trump,” Sharpton said. “Both of them are great self-promoters and great at just continuing to talk even if you’re not talking back at ’em.”

Sharption said he dislikes what Trump is doing in his campaign, but not the man himself.

“I mean, I don’t like what he’s doing. But I don’t dislike him. He’s the kind of personality that is hard to dislike–he’s entertaining, let’s put it that way … You’d have to be a New Yorker to understand him,” Sharpton said.

h/t: Washington Free Beacon

People Instantly Noticed Something About Hillary When She Was Standing Next To Al Sharpton

It’s not unusual for a person to pick up certain mannerisms and inflections from the people they spend time with.

Democratic presidential candidate, and former Secretary of the State, Hillary Clinton seems to be adept at doing just that.

In a meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at his headquarters in Harlem Tuesday, Politico reporter Annie Karn asked Sharpton if Clinton could expect his endorsement.

In response to the question, Sharpton said to Clinton, “You’ve got to watch her. She’s trying to ask whether I’m endorsing. I told her only you know, and I’m not telling.”

To this, Clinton responded in what appeared to be a black accent, “Ma lips are sealed.”

Sharpton previously met with Clinton’s top rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. He wanted to spend time with both candidates before he decided who would receive his endorsement.

Shortly after meeting with Sanders, Sharpton asserted on MSNBC’s MTP Daily that Clinton has to earn the African-American vote. “And I think she knows it,” he said.

This is not the first time Clinton has been criticized for changing her speech pattern in an effort to identify with the audience. Bloomberg Politics released a video depicting the many changes in Clinton’s accents throughout her political career as she attempts to sound more like the people she’s talking to.

In 2007, Clinton was giving a speech to the congregation of a black church in Selma, Alabama. At one point in the speech, with an exaggerated Southern accent, she quoted a portion of a song written by Rev. James Cleveland.

h/t: Daily Caller

Watch: Civil Rights Leader Just Bashed Bernie Sanders With Harsh 8 Words That Are Going To Sting

Bernie Sanders may have a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to follow up his New Hampshire victory with a win in South Carolina. Demographically, South Carolina is a much more diverse state than New Hampshire, with African Americans accounting for 28 percent of the population, with New Hampshire only having slightly over 1 percent.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are rallying around their African American supporters for endorsements in order to secure a win in South Carolina. On Wednesday, Sanders met with the Rev. Al Sharpton for breakfast in Harlem’s Sylvia’s restaurant, the same restaurant where Sharpton met with Obama when he was on the campaign trail in 2008.

On Thursday, civil rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) threw his support for the Democratic nomination for president behind Hillary Clinton. Lewis addressed the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, which officially endorsed Clinton for president.

Speaking of Sanders, Lewis said, “I never saw him, I never met him. I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the Freedom Ride, the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery, and directed the Voter Education Project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.” Lewis’ comments drew applause from CBC members present at the press conference.

Lewis, who said he wept in July of 2015 when the Confederate Flag was removed from Statehouse grounds in S.C., stood with the citizens of South Carolina who wanted the flag removed.  Addressing the historic moment Lewis said, “And it is my hope that those of us here in Washington and around America, but especially around the South, can take a lesson from the good people of the state of South Carolina and do what is right, what is good to bring all of our people together.” Lewis’ strong support for Clinton could end up being a deciding factor with minority voters in South Carolina.

Al Sharpton Just Got Involved In Presidential Race In A Big Way- Doing THIS With N.H. Winner

Following his win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a breakfast date at Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Former NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous is also expected to be attending the breakfast. Jealous gave his endorsement to Sanders last week.

Sylvia’s Restaurant seems to be a favorite meeting place for Sharpton and presidential hopefuls.

The Daily Beast reported that, in 2008, the reverend met with then-Senator Barack Obama at Sylvia’s Restaurant.

Sanders realizes that, in order to win the Democratic nomination and defeat rival Hillary Clinton, he will need to find a way to garner more support from African American voters.

Coming from a state that is 95 percent white, Sanders has understood from the beginning that it will be a struggle to gain the minority vote.

Sanders currently enjoys support from high profile African American leaders such as Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner and the aforementioned Jealous, as well as rapper Kike Miller.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sharpton said, “I think (the Democratic candidates) have dealt with the reality that if people are going to address issues, they will have to address them with the people involved with the issues. You cannot appoint our leaders for us.”

According to Sharpton, an endorsement from him will not guarantee the nomination; however, the candidates cannot secure the nomination unless they reach out to black voters of every age.

“We are not monolithic. (The candidates) have to talk to us trans-generationally,” he said.

Sharpton Was Going To Speak At Slain NYPD Cop’s Funeral Until Cop’s Fiancée Dropped A Bombshell

According to slain New York police officer Randolph Holder’s grieving fiancée, civil rights leader Al Sharpton was prepared to speak at the black cop’s funeral. While Sharpton has been a welcomed presence at a number of recent high-profile funerals, however, Mary Muhammad said the man she intended to marry would not have approved.

“He didn’t like [Sharpton],” she explained, adding that she was not sure why the frequent police critic intended to address mourners at all.

Sharpton countered Monday, explaining that an “invitation was extended” by a family member. Though he said at the time that he would address the opportunity Wednesday, Sharpton reportedly sent Holder’s father, Randolph Sr., a letter Tuesday explaining that he would not be attending the funeral.

“I refuse,” he wrote, “despite my strong feelings on police issues, to be a part of anything that would marginalize and take away from the focus of this city and nation mourning your son tomorrow.”

His announcement sparked some virulent social media criticism.

Sharpton did address a crowd gathered Saturday for a vigil in Harlem.

“I am concerned when I see a good policeman harmed,” he said, “shot in cold blood. And the community he protected and served ought to stand up and let his family know that his life had value to us.”

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