Boxing promoter Don King introduced Donald Trump at a black church event with African-American pastors Wednesday, but shocked TV viewers when he dropped the N-word.
King, 85, made the gaffe when he was trying to explain the plight of black people in the U.S.
“America needs Donald Trump, we need Donald Trump … especially black people,” King, who is supporting Trump’s presidential bid, said at the event in Cleveland Heights.
“They told me, you got to try to imitate and emulate the white man and then you can be successful so we tried that,” King said.
“If you’re poor, you’re a poor negro. I would use the N-word. But if you’re rich, you’re a rich negro,” King said. “If you’re intelligent and intellectual, you’re an intellectual negro.”
Then King made the gaffe.
“If you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding n—-r, I mean negro, you’re a glancing and sliding and gliding negro,” he said.
At least one white man seated behind Trump and King chuckled, while others in the audience could be heard gasping in shock.
Then King made a confusing comment about white women that didn’t go over so well in a black church. Trump said:
“What I’m trying to say to you is that the white women, and I put it in these kind of (words) so you understand what I’m saying, the white woman and the slave, the people of color,” King said. “When the system was created, they did not get heard. The first will be last and the last will be first.”
Here’s a video clip of the ‘N-word’ incident:
Here's video of Don King accidentally dropping the N-word while introducing Donald Trump at a Cleveland church pic.twitter.com/HK4FWpVEC0
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