A three-city swing through Ohio took a shocking turn for the GOP presidential campaign Wednesday morning [September 21], when during a stop in Cleveland Heights, legendary boxing promoter and Trump supporter, Don King, slurred the N-word during a speech endorsing the billionaire candidate.
"We need Donald Trump, especially black people. Because you've got to understand my Black brothers and sisters, they told me you've got to try to emulate and imitate the white man, and then you can be successful. So we tried that," King said, as Trump looked on from a seat positioned behind the podium at the New Spirit Revival Center Church. "I told Michael Jackson, If you’re poor, you are a poor negro. I would use the n-word. But if you’re rich, you are a rich Negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you’re an intellectual Negro. If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n****r -- I mean negro -- you are a dancing and sliding and gliding negro,” he then followed.
Some in the audience, made up of mostly pastors, gasped, and others laughed as the 85-year-old continued with a diatribe in which he'd incorporate a word on the plight of white women in comparison to the suffering of African-Americans. "The white woman did not have the rights, and she still don't have the rights. And people of color don't have their rights — those are the left outs,” he'd say, before encouraging a vote for Trump as their resolution. “He’s fearless; he’s courageous and brave and bold enough to take on the system,” he said.
King, who was barred from speaking at the Republican National Convention despite being a long-time Republican, has been championing Trump as an anti-establishment candidate. He is also scheduled to introduce Trump at stops in Dayton and Toledo.