Pastor Says Tweet of Hillary in Blackface Was 'Offensive,' But Stands By Message
An African-American pastor who supports Donald Trump, apologized today for his "offensive" re-tweet of a cartoon image of Hillary Clinton in blackface.
Mark Burns deleted the tweet in which he wrote: "Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years."
He included a cartoon of a blackfaced Clinton holding a “$@!* The Police” sign and wearing a “No Hot Sauce No Peace!” shirt, saying: "I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans."
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) August 30, 2016
Burns responded to the backlash today on America's Newsroom, telling Martha MacCallum that he realizes the image was "offensive."
He said, however, that he stands by the message he was trying to convey to voters.
"I believe Hillary Clinton will say and do whatever she needs to say and do to win the [black] vote, but then disappear," he said.
On America's Election HQ, Martha got some reaction from Dr. Ben Carson, who agreed with Burns' sentiments.
Carson said he believes black voters will be receptive to Trump's outreach "if people are smart to enough to actually listen and not be driven by a herd mentality."
He said the on-the-ground outreach is going to begin Saturday in Detroit, which he said is "in terrible shape" after 60 years of progressive policies.
Watch the segments above and below.