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Al Sharpton has challenged Donald Trump to name the “black and brown” people he has working for him and the positions they hold.
The racial rabble-rouser said that he hasn’t requested a meeting with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, nor has Trump reached out to him, to discuss racial issues.
“I think it would be interesting, though, since the subject matter today is corporations to see whether he has blacks or browns on the board or in senior management of any of his companies.
“I think one of the things he should do is to say to the public — since he’s predicting he’ll win the black vote — these are the blacks in the Trump organization at this level,” he said at the National Press Club, PJ Media reported.
“These are the blacks that we contract and do business with, so you can understand that I will give business opportunities because I’ve done it. He ought to come forward with all of that — his contractors, his subcontractors that are black – so that he can have the basis of saying he will win the black vote,” Sharpton continued.
He said Hillary Clinton hired a diversity officer for her campaign, but doesn’t know if Trump has such a person. He even joked that it might be former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault, according to PJ Media.
Sharpton said the last time he met with Trump was when the billionaire questioned Trump’s origin of birth.
“I got into a long dialogue where I said I felt that it plays to racial elements — the president is other than us — and I felt that it was certainly race-tinged. He said, ‘well, you called me a racist.’ I said, ‘I never called you a racist. I said what you are doing is racial.’ This was our meeting on the birther situation,” Sharpton recalled as he lamented that Trump has “continued in the vein.”
PJ Media asked Sharpton point blank if he thought Trump was a racist.
“The issue is not whether Mr. Trump is racist or not. I think the issue is whether he is playing to a racial climate and in some cases exacerbating it, and I’ve said publicly and I’ve said to him that I think a lot of what he is saying and a lot of what he is doing is certainly playing to a race element,” Sharpton said. “I think that is unhealthy and I think that is something that is beneath what the American electorate needs to be facing in the 2016 election. Whether he’s personally a racist or whether he’s playing a role to get votes, I have no idea. The effect is certainly that.”
Perhaps Sharpton missed what one of Trump’s black female executives who used a video to praise the billionaire businessman.
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