Pastor Mark Burns apologises for sharing Hillary Clinton 'blackface' cartoon

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

"It is not an accident that they have ended up closing all the DMVs where African Americans in Alabama live", Clinton said, referring to motor vehicle offices where people can obtain identification cards used in voting.

Burns posted the tweet, which he initially defended Monday, in advance of Donald Trump's planned speech to before a black congregation on Saturday, to be broadcast on the Impact Network.

Trump has seen strikingly low support from African American voters, registering in the very low single digits in most swing state polls.

The caricature ironically accuses the Democratic candidate of "pandering" and portrays her in a t-shirt reading, "No hot sauce no peace!"

Hillary Clinton is telling supporters that she doesn't know "which Donald Trump" will show up at the presidential debates.

But he said he still stood by his message that Clinton and Democrats pander to the African-American community.

The image shows Clinton in blackface, holding up signs that say "F*** the Police" and "I Ain't No Ways Tired of Pandering to African Americans".

"Media outlets throughout the country are seeking to get access to the presidential candidates, and we have been afforded that opportunity with Mr. Trump and hopeful that we will get to interview Mrs. Clinton as well", Jackson said in a statement.

"But he's not talking to them at all, Pastor Burns, that's my point", the host interjected.

Tuesday morning Burns apologized again via Twitter.

A day earlier, Burns went on MSNBC to defend his use of the image. "I'm a completely separate individual". He ended the letter by declaring, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency" - giving new meaning to the term "spin doctor". "And it's - i don't - I don't see what the smoke is", Brazille said.

Trump and his surrogates have been courting black Americans with an aggressiveness that has managed to be overcome by the campaign's clumsiness. So, how did the GOP - the party of Lincoln that was once home for African-American voters - lose so much of that support?

"I learned a long time ago that Hillary Clinton is a fighter and that's what we need in our next president", Rep. Jim Clyburn of SC, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, said at Allen University in Columbia in February, helping Clinton ahead of the Nevada and SC contests against Bernie Sanders.

"The last thing I want to do is to anger people", he said.

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