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Don King drops N-word in introduction to Trump

Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 5:33 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made an appearance in Cleveland Wednesday morning at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights.

Running mate Mike Pence, Ben Carson and Clevelander Don King were all in attendance.

King introduced Trump telling Americans "the system is broke" and all Americans need Trump, especially black people. During the introduction, King dropped the N-word.

"You understand my black brothers. They told us, if you try and emulate and imitate the white man, then you can be successful. So we tried that… I told Michael Jackson, if your'e poor, you're a poor negro. I would use the N word. But if you're rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, they will call you an intellectual negro. If you're dancing and sliding and gliding n——r - I mean , Negro — you're a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro. So dare not alienate because you cannot assimilate. So you know, you're going to be a Negro until you die," said King.

He deflected a question about his use of the N-word.

Instead he addressed the controversy over naming a street in his honor. King said he is disappointed the Cleveland City Council decided to table legislation that would have renamed a stretch of Cedar Avenue after him.

"Forgive them father, for they know not what they do. Whatever they have done and said, I don't care if they give me a street. I appreciate the gesture, but if it isn't a gesture from the heart, then keep that street," King said.

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