As Donald Trump continued his attempts to reach out to African American voters, boxing promoter Don King used the N-word in introducing him at a church in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference hosted by longtime Trump ally Dr Darrell Scott, King used the term seemingly by accident while attempting to use “negro” as a replacement.
“I told Michael Jackson, I said, 'If you are poor, you are a poor negro,'” he said. “I would use the N-word. But if you are rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you're an intellectual negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding nigger – I meant negro – you're a dancing and sliding and gliding negro. So dare not alienate because you cannot assimilate.”
The use of the racial epithet led to awkward laughter from Trump and other audience members.
King's use of the term followed bizarre meandering remarks in which he argued that “every white woman should vote for Donald Trump” and praised the Republican nominee as “a doctor of humanness” and as “the only gladiator”. The boxing promoter, convicted of killing two men in separate incidents in the 1950s and 60s, bemoaned the media's treatment of Trump, saying: “They vet him like he's a politician.
“When the system was created, they did not give her, the white woman did not have her rights and she still does not have her rights,” he said. “Donald ... when I see them try to ridiculize him, or when they try to ostracize ... I want you to understand that every white woman should vote for Donald Trump ... to knock out the system.”