After winning the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump could be in for the fight of his life.
At least, that’s what civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is planning on. The 62-year-old White House advisor is certain that President-elect Donald Trump will be unable to deliver on at least half of his promises. While talking with TMZ in New York City on Wednesday, Sharpton vowed to fight Trump every step of the way.
“We’re dealing with a guy who used divisiveness and bigotry and won,” Sharpton told TMZ while speaking of Trump. “Now how do we protect what we’ve done in the last eight years that he’s going to come after that President Obama has established?… Go to work and fight back. And he can rest assured, we’re not going to take our food off the pedal. He is going to have the fight of his life.”
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During Barack Obama’s presidency, Sharpton has ingratiated himself into the White House and become a key advisor for President Obama. 60 Minutes has called Sharpton Obama’s “go-to black leader,” and according to NewsMax, Sharpton has visited the White House more than 60 times during the Obama presidency.
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Sharpton’s comments come just one day after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s victory came as a surprise to some, as many pollsters and pundits believed the United States would see its first female president. Instead, the dark-horse candidate was able to bring the voters to the polls and pull out the win.
During 2016 presidential race, Sharpton stayed mum for many months on who he would ultimately vote for. Eventually, the political TV host made his feelings known when he said he would leave the country if Trump were to be elected. Sharpton made the comments during a Center for American Progress Action Fund event back in February.
“If Donald Trump is the nominee… I’m also reserving my ticket to get out of here if he wins. Only because he’d probably have me deported anyhow.”
But while talking with TMZ on Wednesday, Sharpton claimed the fleeing and deportation comment was made in jest.
“We’re not going anywhere. Clearly that was said in jest. If that’s the comfort they’ve got, they might as well get ready for an uncomfortable ride.… Mr. Trump better saddle up. He’s got a lot he’s got to deal with.”
Sharpton continued, saying, “He promised a wall. He promised jobs. He promised he was going to do this, that and another. Well he’s going to have to deliver for his crowd while he fights our crowd.”
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The reverend went on to say that he doesn’t have high hopes in Trump’s abilities to deliver on his promises. Sharpton even went so far as to make a prediction about Trump’s presidency.
“His crowd will turn on him in three months. He can’t deliver half of what he said. I guarantee it.”
Sharpton’s comments in New York City came just hours after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, urging Americans to come together with open minds to give Trump a chance to lead the nation.
What do you think about Rev. Al Sharpton’s comments about President-elect Donald Trump? Do you think Sharpton was out of line? Why or why not? Do you believe Trump will be able to deliver on the promises he made throughout the 2016 presidential election?
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