Photo: Donald Trump, Al Sharpton, Don King attend the “Art of the Deal” book party at Trump Tower in December 1987 (Businessman Donald Trump wrote this book ART OF THE DEAL)
PERSONAL NOTE: Hm! What next! I mean what would President Trump have to say about Mr Al Sharpton, a man who claims he knows Donald Trump well, for at least 30 plus years. Quite a claim to make! But because Sharpton is a well known black man and a black civil-rights leader in the United States of America…if President Trump were to attack him, he would be attacking the whole Black Establishment in the United States. That would not be good for the president. And his fragile relationship with the blacks in America…the blacks already feel Trump does not like President Obama, the first black president of the United States…and now trying to destroy everything Obama has built during his 8 years in the presidency! At the same time, it is nothing new for President Trump to deny every word coming out of the mouth of Al Sharpton…because Mr Sharpton, like Trump, has also been known to say many things down the decades in USA! Though recently Mr Sharpton has remained quiet since Trump taking office as president…despite all the many marches against or for the president since he took office in January 2017. Maybe I wasn’t paying too much attention to Mr Sharpton, but he has not said much of anything in the press, lately! Until now…and he has very few nice or kind words for his “old friend” President Trump! Both men are very outspoken, contentious and loud…you decide if you want to believe his “indictment” of Businessman Trump, now the President of the United States! As an American, someone very much attuned to the mood of my country, I have no problem endorsing every word he said or wrote about his old friend, the president. Steve November 8
Al Sharpton: I’ve known Trump for 30 years. He’s never going to change
NBC News – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
A year ago, I wanted to believe Trump might grow into his role. I was wrong.
As we mark one year since Donald Trump was elected, the nation is reeling from the loss of 26 people killed at a Texas church. These tragic deaths come almost exactly a week after a suspected terrorist attack in New York that killed eight and about a month after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas killed 58.
In the White House, the President is being investigated for possible Russian ties, two of his former campaign aides are under indictment and he seems more interested in using Twitter to distract voters with talk of “crooked Hillary” than clarifying the situation. Meanwhile, in Virginia a racially tinged gubernatorial race featured a Trump-backed Republican candidate running on a platform that includes preserving his state’s Confederate heritage.
And perhaps the worst part is, we knew this was going to happen.
Or at least, we should have known. As a native New Yorker, I have watched Donald Trump’s star rise and fall over the past 30 years. Over my long career as both an advocate and politician, I have spoken with, argued against, and counseled the last four U.S. presidents. I have, to varying degrees, marched, fought and celebrated with the Bush’s, Clintons and Obamas. And the conclusion I have come to is that Donald Trump’s temperament, intellect and emotional health make him wholly unqualified to serve as President of the United States of America.
This is not a new argument, I realize. Many people before me have said similar things. But now we have something approaching definite proof that not only is nothing going to change, this is a man incapable of change.
Whether vehemently disagreeing with President George W. Bush during the start of the Iraq war or pushing back against President Bill Clinton’s welfare reform policy, our arguments were based in subject matter, but never character. It was professional, not personal. In the Trump era, however, the opposite is true.
This distinction is important because while policy ideas may change and evolve, a man’s soul rarely does. America has, in all likelihood, three years (at least) left of this man. We need to realize, and quickly, that he is never going to “pivot.”
I should know — I have been there. I marched against Trump during the Central Park Five case in the 1990s, and I socialized with him when he surrounded himself with black artists and athletes in the 2000s.
No matter the scenario, Trump was always a consummate narcissist and self-promoter. But these qualities were not the most disturbing things about him — many politicians and businessmen act in similar ways.
What disturbed me the most was that he never ever showed a different side of himself. There was no loyalty there (except perhaps to his family); he was not driven by ideology or a sense of a broader purpose. He did whatever he could to enrich his coffers and build his brand. This was his main motivation in 1989, and it remains his main motivation in 2017.
Of course, there are other reasons to be considered about Trump’s presidency. Besides his self-centered demeanor, he is incredibly stubborn and refuses to admit even the slightest mistake. On the other hand, he latches onto perceived sleights, never passing up the opportunity to publicly criticize or mock an opponent.
There were hopes last year that the executive office would temper some of this pettiness, but sadly we now see this is not the case. Rather than attempt to grow and learn, Trump has leaned into his role as divider-in-chief. This is exactly the same racially divisive, unapologetic blowhard I knew in New York.
And the results unfortunately speak for themselves. His ugly, contentious presidential campaign has translated into an equally ugly and divisive first year. Whether it’s attacking Congresswoman Frederica Wilson following the tragic deaths of four soldiers in Niger, hesitating to condemn white supremacist violence in Charlottesville,advocating for the firing of NFL players exercising their First Amendment rights, or politicizing terrorist attacks, Trump’s time in office has only made this country more polarized.
Put simply, Trump took America’s existing racial tensions and made them even more toxic.
A year ago, I wanted to believe that there was hope. I wanted to believe that this man who had spent years questioning President Obama’s birthplace might be humbled by his office. I wanted to believe that the gravity of the situation would eventually kick in, and he would work to achieve something admirable with his newfound power. I wanted to believe America was not in the hands of an unyielding demagogue incapable of growth. And I was wrong.
Rev. Al Sharpton has held such notable positions as the youth director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, director of ministers for the National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN). Rev. He hosts PoliticsNation, which airs from 8-9 a.m. ET on Sundays on MSNBC.