Did Donald Trump Warn Al Sharpton not to Endorse Hillary Clinton?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In 1972, Pat Buchanan, Richard Nixon, and Roger Stone talked about the beauty of Fourth Party politics. The idea was that if African-Americans at the time left the Democratic party, they were finished.
In that vein, Nixon used campaign finances to pay African-Americans to protest Edward Muskie-who he saw as his most viable Democratic party opponent.
“In an October 5, 1971 memo, Pat Buchanan—co-founder of the American Conservative magazine & Nixon’s favorite killer, the kind of guy Roger Stone dreamed of becoming (and one day, destroying)—wrote:
Top level consideration should be given to ways and means to promote, assist, and fund a Fourth Party candidacy of the Left Democrats and/or the Black Democrats….There is nothing that can so advance the President’s chances for reelection – not a trip to China, not four and a half per cent unemployment – as a realistic black…campaign….We should continue to champion the cause of the blacks within the Democratic Party.
“With bizarre attacks and pressure mounting on all sides and Muskie growing increasingly paranoid and peeved, Nixon’s dirty tricksters wound up destroying him in one of those weird insignificant little episodes that somehow get weaponized, go viral, and destroy the candidate. A Nixon CREEPer, maybe Roger Stone, sent a phony letter to the editor to the big New Hampshire newspaper on the eve of the all-important early primary there, claiming to be written by a Muskie supporter who claimed, falsely, that he’d met Muskie in Florida (where Nixon’s White House paid blacks to picket Muskie’s hotel), and asked Muskie how he could possibly understand the problems that black Americans face given the fact that his home state Maine has so few minorities.”
“The fake letter, published on the front page of the Union-Leader, claimed that Muskie rudely responded that Maine did have its minorities: “Not blacks, but we have Canucks”—and at this, according to the fake letter, Muskie burst out laughing.:
“As Rick Perlstein writes in Nixonland, the smear hit Muskie from two sides—pissing off blacks, but also New Hampshire’s sizable French Canadian community. As Perlstein explained, “Muskie thought of them [French Canadians], evidently, as New England’s niggers.”
“Shortly afterwards, Muskie had his alleged meltdown in front of reporters—as snow fell on his face, he lashed back at the Nixon White House, but some national reporters mistakenly described the melting snowflakes on Muskie’s face as tears, and described his anger as a “breakdown.” Muskie was finished. Sort of like how Vermont front-runner in 2004, Howard Dean, was finished off by the one-two of Dean’s screechy “woo!” gesture, and Al Sharpton accusing Dean of being anti-black during the debates.”
Yep. Al Sharpton in 2004 was bankrolled by Roger Stone and Donald Trump. Sharpton accused Dean of being a racist and the rest of history. This ended up being the vehicle that made Sharpton a much more mainstream voice. It made him more popular and led to his major show on MSNBC.
“As it turns out, Al Sharpton entered the 2004 Democratic primaries on the payroll and orders of Roger Stone, who directed Sharpton’s attacks from the race politics-left against Howard Dean. And as the New York Times revealed that year, it was Donald Trump who took credit for introducing Al Sharpton — a one-time FBI informant — to his old friend and lobbyist, GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone.”
“The Times quoted Trump in 2004 taking credit for introducing Al Sharpton to Roger Stone. But it was Barrett’s merciless reporting on Sharpton’s “blackface bucks”—the legions of race-baiting Republicans who donated cash and resources to Sharpton’s anti-Howard Dean run—that is something worth re-reading today, as we’re already seeing stunts like using black Tea Party activists to play the same old racism card and thereby sabotage and suck the life out of another popular Vermont candidate, Bernie Sanders….”
“In my post yesterday, I discussed the fact that Al Sharpton for more or less the entire 2016 campaign hemmed and hawed. In February during the Hillary-Bernie primary he had said that an endorsement was coming soon.”
“Sharpton has no intention of pulling the trigger immediately, though that could change if Clinton blows out Sanders in South Carolina this week; eight years ago, he took his time in “backing” (but not officially endorsing) Obama over Clinton in the primaries, claiming caustically that “Hillary Clinton has never done nothing for us” — a reference he says was meant to refer only to his organization, the Harlem-based National Action Network, but that others interpreted as a broader rebuke of her attitude toward blacks.”
“But he’s nothing if not acutely conscious of his leverage, and thinks it would be stupid (he uses the word “pre-emptive”) to throw away the influence he currently enjoys.”
“Will I endorse sooner or later?” he asks. “Yeah.”
This is what he said to Politico back in February-before the SC primary that Hillary went on to slaughter Bernie by almost 50 points.
But he didn’t endorse. Not sooner. Not later. He never endorsed Hillary. Not in the primary. Not in the general. In August he said ‘I will be endorsing her before Labor Day.’ This was rather surprising in itself: was he still not sure whether to endorse Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
Why wait that long? Sharpton prides himself as being an important voice in the civil rights movement and the African American community. As you saw in his interview with Politico he prides himself as having juice of not wanting to squander his ‘leverage’ too soon. But in the end he never used his leverage. At all. To not use his leverage at all would seem to be an even greater squandering than using it too soon.
Unless he wanted Donald Trump to win. Sharpton’s very good friend and mentor, Don King did want Donald Trump to win, he endorsed Donald Trump.
Which just goes to show that being a Black man doesn’t mean you always work in the interests of your community. Indeed, King is apparently unconcerned how the Black community is going to do in the tender mercies of Jeff Sessions.
In Louis Farrakhan’s endorsement of Donald Trump-Farrkhan is another Sharpton buddy; the Reverend Al will never criticize Farrakhan in public, full stop-the Nation of Islam leader goes further. This endorsement is something to behold.
Note that he did it on the Alex Jones show. But Farrakhan says he supports Trump not despite his Muslim ban or even because he thinks Trump is ‘just kidding’ about the Muslim ban; there was that species of Trump apologist who was always saying ‘You clueless coastal elites in the media don’t get it. You take him literally but his supporters take him seriously.’
No, Minister Farrakhan said he supported Trump because of the Muslim ban. Just as Don King is a very poor friend to Blacks, Farrakhan is a very poor friend of Muslims.
Again, Farrakhan is a very good buddy of Sharpton’s.
But as far as Reverend Al himself goes, what happened? Maybe Trump called him on the phone-Reverend Al always takes his calls and said: ‘Watch it Al. I made you and I can break you.’
Remember when Trump at a rally declared: ‘Yes, that’s my African-American?’
Maybe his name was Al Sharpton.
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