De Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) defended the Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday after President Trump 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.”

{mosads}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 Cummings’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 Pelosi, he attacks [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck Schumer, 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.

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