Laura Ingraham debated Rainbow-PUSH coalition founder Rev. Jesse Jackson Thursday on his opposition to President Donald Trump and his claims the president has done little to help minorities.

On The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham asked whether Jackson credits Trump with record low black unemployment.

"He inherited a growing economy," Jackson said, instead crediting Barack Obama with salvaging the economic collapse at the end of the Bush years.

"It's [also] premature to determine what is going to happen with these provocative actions toward Canada," Jackson added, referring to proposed tariffs on goods from the North.

Ingraham reminded Jackson that the two used to be "pals" when they were together in New York City. 

"He changed," Jackson said. "He's the guy that looked at five kids -- the Central Park Five [and considered them] guilty enough to be executed."

In 1989, Trump publicly stated his conclusion that four black men and one Hispanic man were guilty in the rape of a white jogger in the Manhattan greenspace.

The then-real estate mogul published full-page ads in New York papers calling for the death penalty to be reinstituted and ripping then-Mayor Edward Koch (D).


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The suspects' convictions were later vacated after a few served several years in prison.

Jackson also reacted to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's legal team's wish to put Trump on the witness stand in the 30-year-old's grievance suit against the league.

Kaepernick is contesting the fact he was unable to land a team contract after he began kneeling during the national anthem.

Jackson said Kaepernick and others have a First Amendment right to protest and that recent public outcry against perceived "police brutality" has "gone unanswered."

"The kneeling was an appeal to the flag and a peaceful protest," Jackson said, adding that Trump inflamed tensions and allegedly led to the league instituting rules against protests.


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