Watch: Don King drops the N-word as he campaigns with Trump in black church
Boxing promoter Don King has let slip a racial slur as he makes the case for black voters to support Donald Trump.
King was talking about what it’s like to be black in America as he introduced the Republican presidential nominee at an event in Cleveland organised by Darrell Scott, a prominent black pastor.
King said a black man is always framed by his skin colour.
King recalled telling pop icon Michael Jackson “if you’re poor, you’re a ‘poor Negro.’ If you’re rich, you’re a ‘rich Negro.’” An educated black man is “an intellectual negro.”
He continued: “If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n-----— I mean Negro — you are ‘a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro.’”
Gasps and laughs could be heard from the audience.
Here's video of Don King accidentally dropping the N-word while introducing Donald Trump at a Cleveland church pic.twitter.com/HK4FWpVEC0
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King, who was pardoned after a manslaughter conviction and has clashed with Republican Party brass, called Trump “an American to save the nation” at a campaign event at New Spirit Revival Centre, a largely black church in King’s hometown of Cleveland.
“He’s fearless, he’s courageous and brave and bold enough to take on the system,” King said. “All things are possible with God.”
Trump returned the praise.
“He is a good guy. He’s a phenomenal person. He became very rich. He’s very smart,” Trump said. King’s been successful and “I have great respect for that, and I have great respect for him.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, introduced King.
“The party doesn’t want him, the system doesn’t want him, the lying politicians don’t want him,” King said of Trump as the nominee sat behind him.
“We need Donald Trump, especially black people,” said King, who is African-American. “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.”
That was when he launched into his Jackson anecdote.
King, who was pardoned by the governor of Ohio in 1983, clashed with Republican Party leaders in July when he said they barred him from speaking at the national convention in Cleveland where Trump accepted the nomination.
“The GOP establishment won’t control Trump, but they’re trying,” King at the time. “I don’t think they want Trump to win.”
The RNC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Civil-rights activist and commentator Al Sharpton in February described Trump as a white version of King.
“Both of them are great self-promoters and great at just continuing to talk even if you’re not talking back at ’em,” Sharpton told Politico.
Trump in June cited his endorsement from King as a defense against accusations of racism.
“Don King, and so many other African Americans who know me well and endorsed me, would not have done so if they thought I was a racist!” Trump tweeted.
Additional reporting by Associated Press