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 BlasioNYC landlord tells tenants in 18 buildings to skip April rent Cuomo signs order for New York to commandeer ventilators, protective gear GOP senator calls for investigation into 'mismanagement' of strategic ventilators MORE (D) defended the Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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 CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges 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 PelosiTrump says he opposes mail-in voting for November On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans The bipartisan neutering of the Congressional Budget Office MORE, he attacks [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots Schumer doubles down in call for Trump to name coronavirus supply czar Trump lashes out at Schumer over call for supply czar 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.