Don King: Trump knows ‘what it’s like to be a black man’
Politico published an exhaustive conversation with Trump cheerleader and controversial boxing promoter Don King on Friday, and holy shit, it’s wild. We learn a lot from the Q&A, including that King doesn’t like “that little Greek rascal” Reince Priebus, President Trump consulted him for advice on the Michael Flynn dismissal, and King warned the president that he’s an assassination risk because he’s such a JFK/Malcolm X-style revolutionary.
I told you it was wild.
Arguably the most incendiary comment entails King’s claim that the president knows “what it’s like to be a black man.” If that were the case, Trump wouldn’t have campaigned for the executions of the Central Park Five in the late ’80s.
I tell him that the establishment will tell their lies. They will try to keep him down. … I tell him, ‘Now Mr. Trump, they’re treating you like a black man.’… I say, ‘Mr. President, you know what it’s like to be a black man. … No matter what you say or do, you are guilty as hell.’
Speaking of Trump knowing what it’s like to be a black man, King likened the president to several revolutionary civil rights leaders and prophesied that Trump would be an assassination target.
Before he got elected … I told Trump that they got Kennedy in a limousine in Texas. They got Malcolm X in a ballroom in New York. They got Robert Kennedy in a kitchen in L.A. They got Martin Luther King on a hotel balcony in Memphis. … I told him all these things, I laid it out. Because when you’re a revolutionary like Trump, you got to think about the Kennedy solution. … I worry about that … and I told him that.
King also discussed his beef with “that little Greek rascal.”
POLITICO: What happened at the Republican National Convention last year? There were discussions of you speaking, but then you didn’t.
KING: Reince Priebus said I was a convicted murderer … He blocked me from speaking.
Technically, King was convicted of manslaughter for stomping a man to death over a $600 gambling debt in 1966. He was ultimately pardoned in 1983.
King is right to criticize Priebus for being part of the Republican establishment and supporting an Obamacare repeal bill that puts party over people.
KING: We’re supposed to be the richest and most powerful nation and we don’t have health care for everybody. … So, yes, [Trump] needs to remember where he came from. Reince Priebus is not part of that world. (The health care bill) is not country first. It’s party first, under the guise of I’m protecting my constituency.
The entire Q&A is worth a read.