Rep. James Clyburn says he will have to ‘pray’ for black Trump voters
2nd November 2020

Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said he would “pray” for African-Americans who vote for President Trump in Tuesday’s election.

In a Sunday interview on Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked House majority whip Clyburn about a Fox News poll that shows Trump getting 14 percent of the black vote.

“I don’t know where those polls come from,” Clyburn responded. “I can tell you what, and I feel this sincerely … I’m the father of three black women. I am the son of a black woman. If any black man can go in a polling place and cast a vote for a man who referred to a black woman as a dog on national television, I’m going to have to pray for them,” Clyburn said.

“I will have to pray for them. I don’t know of any man [who] can abide that kind of disrespect and insult,” he said.

Clyburn was referring to a tweet sent by Trump in 2018 praising the firing of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman by then-chief of staff John Kelly.

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” the president said in the post.

Baier questioned Clyburn whether he was sending a similar message as Joe Biden during a radio interview in May, when he was telling black people they aren’t black if they vote for Trump.

“He later apologized for that, but you’re sending the same message to African-Americans who may have a different choice in this election,” Baier said.

“What I said was, any man that calls one of my three daughters a dog, I would never vote for them, and I don’t understand any black man that would vote for anybody that refers to a black woman [that way],” Clyburn replied.

“All of us that I know are sons of black women. I don’t stand for that kind of insult for my mothers, my sisters or my children,” he continued.

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