September 3rd, 2016 – Since the announcement of his candidacy in 2015, surrogates for Republican nominee, Donald Trump, have blitzed the cable news circuit keeping the campaign on message and defending controversial stories. One of those surrogates, Pastor Mark Burns, a popular televangelists recently made an apology after posting a conservative political cartoon that depicted Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, in blackface makeup.
The cartoon, which features a Clinton caricature carrying a “F- the Police” sign and speaking in an affected African American dialect, suggested the politician was pandering to African Americans to curry votes. After charges of racial insensitivity, Burns posted an apology on his Twitter page to anyone who took issue with the cartoon but insisted that his message was still valid. He was quoted during an interview on MSNBC regarding the tweet:
“What’s important is the fact that blackface is offensive to black people but what’s more offensive is not so much just that there’s blackface but that millions of African Americans are on welfare, millions of, thousands of African Americans are on food stamps.”
The Trump campaign has repeatedly attacked Clinton and the Democratic Party in general as not really caring about the interests of their black constituents. Burns went so far as to assert that Clinton was advocating “genocide” against black people. According to Trump spokespeople, the cartoon was meant to suggest that Democratic policies have uniquely failed African Americans. Despite the controversy, Burns and the Trump campaign have continued their race-based criticism of Clinton and the Democrats and both the candidate and his most vocal African American supporter insist that a Trump White House is in the offing.
“Citizens around the country will see, as I’ve have seen, the heart and compassion Mr. Trump has for all Americans which includes minority communities whose votes have been taken for granted for far too long,” Burns said.
Was this a fiery policy critique or is blackface a political no-fly zone? Funny or Offensive? Vote and comment below.