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De Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks

De Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOvernight Health Care: Biden signs first executive actions as president | Amazon offers to help Biden with vaccine distribution | Pence delivers coronavirus task force report to Biden New York City reschedules 23,000 vaccination appointments due to supply issues Was 2020 a turning point for identity politics? MORE (D) defended the Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday after President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE claimed Sharpton “Hates Whites & Cops.”

“I've known @TheRevAl for decades and Trump's characterization is not only disrespectful, it's untrue,” the presidential candidate tweeted Monday, linking to New York Times coverage of the comments.

“While [Sharpton] was pushing for justice in the teachings of Dr. King, Trump was calling for the execution of five innocent black boys,” de Blasio added, referencing Trump’s call for the execution of five since-exonerated teens previously convicted of a brutal rape in Central Park. Trump has refused to apologize, insisting the five “admitted they were guilty.”

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Trump attacked Sharpton Monday as the activist and MSNBC host tweeted that he was on his way to Baltimore for what turned out to be a news conference addressing Trump’s recent tweets blasting House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them We must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs MORE’s (D) West Baltimore district.

In the original tweets, Trump called the district a “rodent and rat infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

“He attacks [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN MORE, he attacks [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' Why pretend senators can 'do impartial justice'? MORE, he attacks other whites, but he never said that their districts or their states are places that no human beings want to live," Sharpton said in the news conference Monday.