By The Blaze. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) defended his Martin Luther King Jr. Day comments likening President Donald Trump to a Ku Klux Klan “grand wizard” by saying he never called the commander in chief racist. . .
During a speech at an MLK event on Monday, Jeffries said, “We have a hater in the White House,” and then he called Trump “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
In an apparent attempt to clarify his comments, the congressman told CNN Wednesday that he doesn’t regret his statements “at all.”
“With respect to the comments of a few days ago, we’ve got to have an opportunity for at least one day a year to have a candid — if sometimes uncomfortable — conversation about race,” he explained.
“Seems to me that we can’t have that conversation on Valentine’s Day, we can’t have that conversation on St. Patrick’s Day,” he continued. “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.” (Read more from “Democratic Congressman Who Called Trump a ‘Grand Wizard’ Says He Never Called the President Racist” HERE)
Jeffries Says Trump Isn’t a Racist but Defends ‘Grand Wizard’ Comparison
By Politico. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said Wednesday that he does not believe President Donald Trump — whom he referred to earlier this week as “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” — is a racist, only that he has a history of “racially insensitive remarks.”
At an event Monday marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the New York Democrat ripped Trump’s record on race relations, at one point labeling the president a “grand wizard,” the title for a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group that has terrorized black Americans since the 1800s.
“We have a hater in the White House. A birther in chief. The grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. One of the things that we’ve learned is that while Jim Crow may be dead, he’s still got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well,” Jeffries said at the MLK day event in New York. (Read more from “Jeffries Says Trump Isn’t a Racist but Defends ‘Grand Wizard’ Comparison” HERE)