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New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is standing by remarks he made Monday in which he called President Donald Trump "the Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

In an interview Wednesday on CNN's "New Day," the House Democratic Caucus chairman said he had no regrets about the comment, which he made at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in New York City.


"We've got to have an opportunity for at least one day a year to have a candid if sometimes uncomfortable conversation about race," Jeffries told CNN. "It seems to me that we can't have that conversation on Valentine's Day, we can't have that conversation on Saint Patrick's Day. It's perhaps appropriate for us to be able to have that difficult discussion on MLK Day, when we're celebrating the life and legacy of a champion for racial and social justice."

Monday was not the first time Jeffries labeled Trump as such. But he told CNN that he "absolutely" does not think Trump is a Ku Klux Klan member. "Grand Wizard" is the title that was given to leaders of the white supremacist group.

"I did not use the words racist in any of my comments," Jeffries said. "In fact, Wolf Blitzer in the past has asked me whether I believe the president is a racist, and I've consistently said no. I did use a colorful phrase, but of course I don't believe that the president is a card-carrying member of the KKK. But it did capture a troubling pattern of racially insensitive and outrageous, at times, behavior that spans not months, not years, but decades."

As examples, Jeffries cited a Justice Department lawsuit against the Trumps in the 1970s for alleged housing discrimination, the president's remarks about the so-called Central Park Five, Trump's promotion of the false conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and the president's handling of the fatal violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.


Jeffries wasn't the only Democratic leader to attack Trump's racial record over the Monday holiday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in South Carolina: “It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.”

In response, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted that Sanders' remark was “disgusting and wrong.”

"@realDonaldTrump has brought African American and Hispanic unemployment to record lows, passed historic criminal justice reform. Even worse that Bernie is using MLK Day to make an incendiary comment like that,” McDaniel wrote.

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9 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

 

Cite the source, plagiarist.

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Hakeem Jeffries defends calling Trump 'Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

"I don't believe that the president is a card-carrying member of the KKK," Jeffries said.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks with reporters as he walks to Democratic Caucus leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Nov. 28, 2018.Carolyn Kaster / AP file

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Jan. 23, 2019, 9:53 AM EST
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55 minutes ago, king of the county said:
 

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Hakeem Jeffries defends calling Trump 'Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

"I don't believe that the president is a card-carrying member of the KKK," Jeffries said.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., talks with reporters as he walks to Democratic Caucus leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Nov. 28, 2018.Carolyn Kaster / AP file

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Jan. 23, 2019, 9:53 AM EST
By Allan Smith

Dam, Id wreck that brunette in the middle. 

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15 hours ago, king of the county said:

New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is standing by remarks he made Monday in which he called President Donald Trump "the Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

In an interview Wednesday on CNN's "New Day," the House Democratic Caucus chairman said he had no regrets about the comment, which he made at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in New York City.


"We've got to have an opportunity for at least one day a year to have a candid if sometimes uncomfortable conversation about race," Jeffries told CNN. "It seems to me that we can't have that conversation on Valentine's Day, we can't have that conversation on Saint Patrick's Day. It's perhaps appropriate for us to be able to have that difficult discussion on MLK Day, when we're celebrating the life and legacy of a champion for racial and social justice."

Monday was not the first time Jeffries labeled Trump as such. But he told CNN that he "absolutely" does not think Trump is a Ku Klux Klan member. "Grand Wizard" is the title that was given to leaders of the white supremacist group.

"I did not use the words racist in any of my comments," Jeffries said. "In fact, Wolf Blitzer in the past has asked me whether I believe the president is a racist, and I've consistently said no. I did use a colorful phrase, but of course I don't believe that the president is a card-carrying member of the KKK. But it did capture a troubling pattern of racially insensitive and outrageous, at times, behavior that spans not months, not years, but decades."

As examples, Jeffries cited a Justice Department lawsuit against the Trumps in the 1970s for alleged housing discrimination, the president's remarks about the so-called Central Park Five, Trump's promotion of the false conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and the president's handling of the fatal violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.


Jeffries wasn't the only Democratic leader to attack Trump's racial record over the Monday holiday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in South Carolina: “It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.”

In response, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted that Sanders' remark was “disgusting and wrong.”

"@realDonaldTrump has brought African American and Hispanic unemployment to record lows, passed historic criminal justice reform. Even worse that Bernie is using MLK Day to make an incendiary comment like that,” McDaniel wrote.

Can you imagine if the races were reversed?

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On 1/21/2020 at 9:03 PM, leftwinger said:

 

Cite the source, plagiarist.

Here is a CNN article:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratic congressman calls Trump 'grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'

By Caroline Kelly, CNN 
Updated 9:08 AM EST, Wed January 23, 2019
 

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(CNN)The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus called President Donald Trump "the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, compared Trump to a leader of the Ku Klux Klan during an event hosted by the National Action Network in New York.

"These are challenging times in the United States of America -- we have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Jeffries said. "One of the things that we've learned is that while Jim Crow may be dead, he still got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well."

Several other New York Democrats -- including Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio -- also spoke at the event.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jeffries had previously called Trump "a racial arsonist" for his handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests, where white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters and one woman died in 2017.

"(Trump's) reaction to Charlottesville was clearly inadequate, unacceptable, inappropriate, and for many people throughout America, led them to conclude that the President of the United States chose to pull the sheets off and reveal himself, in terms of his tendency to be a racial arsonist, fanning the flames of hatred," Jeffries told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" at the time.

Blitzer later asked, "Are you suggesting he's a racist?"

"No," Jeffries replied. "He's a racial arsonist. He uses race to advance his own ends -- that's troubling."

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