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 BlasioFear first, education last? MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley departs network to explore New York mayoral run NYPD has arrested at least eight for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial MORE (D) defended the Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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 CummingsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis We have 100 days to make our nation right 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 lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates MORE, he attacks [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerMeadows: 'I'm not optimistic there will be a solution in the very near term' on coronavirus package Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery 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.