As Brandon Morse wrote earlier today, President Trump ripped MSNBC‘s Al Sharpton for deciding to make a visit to Baltimore in the aftermath of the tweets Trump wrote over the weekend criticizing the city and longtime Rep. Elijah Cummings (D), whose Congressional district runs through Baltimore.
As they did for Cummings, Democrats lined up on the Twitter machine to defend Sharpton. One of the more notable ones was 2020 presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), who has enjoyed an uptick in polling since her racial broadside against frontrunner Joe Biden at the last debate.
Here’s what Harris tweeted about Sharpton:
.@TheRevAl has spent his life fighting for what's right and working to improve our nation, even in the face of hate. It's shameful, yet unsurprising that Trump would continue to attack those who have done so much for our country.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019
Twitter users were quick to correct her:
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) July 29, 2019
So we're just gonna pretend the Crown Heights Riots didn't happen? I forgot which Jew hating event the Democrats were whitewashing this week. https://t.co/rApnlrMS2T
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) July 29, 2019
He's spent his life profiting from the promulgation of hoaxes and hateful division while hiding behind the pretense of being a clergyman. Disappointing but not too surprising to see you championing him to boost your wokeness cred.
— M D Campbell 🇺🇸🏴 (@MCampbell1041) July 29, 2019
Indeed. Here are just a couple of examples:
The Freddie’s Fashion Mart Massacre:
In 1995 a black Pentecostal Church, the United House of Prayer, which owned a retail property on 125th Street, asked Fred Harari, a Jewish tenant who operated Freddie’s Fashion Mart, to evict his longtime subtenant, a black-owned record store called The Record Shack. Sharpton led a protest in Harlem against the planned eviction of The Record Shack. Sharpton told the protesters, “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.”
On December 8, 1995, Roland J. Smith Jr., one of the protesters, entered Harari’s store with a gun and flammable liquid, shot several customers and set the store on fire. The gunman fatally shot himself, and seven store employees died of smoke inhalation Fire Department officials discovered that the store’s sprinkler had been shut down, in violation of the local fire code. Sharpton claimed that the perpetrator was an open critic of himself and his nonviolent tactics. In 2002, Sharpton expressed regret for making the racial remark “white interloper” but denied responsibility for inflaming or provoking the violence.
The Tawana Brawley Rape Hoax:
In fall 1987, Brawley, who is African-American, was found disheveled inside a trash bag with racial slurs written across her body in Wappingers Falls, New York. Brawley, then 15, claimed she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped by a group of white men.
In one of his first mainstream cases, activist Al Sharpton became Brawley’s spokesman, staging rallies and calling for justice on her behalf.
When the case was brought before a grand jury, it concluded that Brawley had falsified the entire account.
Sharpton has since paid his debt to [then-assistant DA Steven] Pagones [who Sharpton and Brawley falsely accused]. But Brawley, now 41 and a nurse living in Virginia, still owes Pagones more than $431,000.
There’s much more where that came from.
This is not the first time Harris has tried to cozy up to Sharpton for votes, either:
— Donna (@ScarletLetterA4) July 29, 2019
Sharpton has been a race-baiting hustler extraordinaire for most of his life, Ms. Harris, not someone who has been “fighting for what’s right and working to improve our nation.”
Democrats and the mainstream media have been trying to sweep Sharpton’s true racist, anti-Semitic nature under the rug for decades, which has given him an air of respectability in media circles. But you can’t keep the truth hidden for long, and Sharpton pretending to play the role of racial healer in response to Trump’s (non-racist) criticisms about Cummings and his district is irony on steroids.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –