Videos are currently in circulation on social media and by some news organizations which convey a very different portrayal of Donald Trump than his critics have been contending.
Shot in 1999, Trump can be seen being praised by Jessie Jackson at the civil rights activists’ Rainbow Push Coalition’s annual conference.
“I do want to express thanks to you, Donald Trump, for being with us tonight,” Jackson said to his guests.
“We need your building skills, your gusto, your rent package for people on Wall Street to represent diversity,” Jackson said, noting the special arrangement in which Trump gave Jackson free office space at 40 Wall Street.
“His social style is of such one can miss his seriousness and his commitment for this success is beyond argument,” Jackson stated at another conference held by the Rainbow Push founder.
He further elaborated the Wall Street office given to the coalition was for the group to be able to make a case for its presence there.
“Beyond that, in terms of reaching out and being inclusive, he’s done that too,” Jackson said, before once again introducing Trump to his coalition.
Jackson also touted Trump for “creating a comfort zone” for Jackson when he ran for the presidency in 1984 and 1988.
Jackson also said that when others thought his run for the White House was “laughable,” Trump came to his side because “he has this sense of the curious and a will to … make things better.”
And in another compliment of Trump, Jackson said, “Aside from all his style and pizzazz, he is a serious person.”
The praise of Trump by Jackson has been given new life now that Trump is running for president.
But the contrast to today’s political rhetoric couldn’t be any greater. Even Jackson, who stood by Trump so many years ago, now endorses Hillary Clinton for president.
As Western Journalism reported in June, Jackson gave his official endorsement to Clinton but stopped short of calling Trump a racist. “I knew him in another life…I have never seen him in this light [being considered a racist] before,” Jackson said of Trump.
When asked if he believed Trump to be a racist, Jackson replied, “I don’t want to use that language.”
But in 1999, Jackson had nothing but praise for Trump, who aided his coalition, stood by him when he ran for the presidency, and represented the face of inclusion in his business dealings, according to Jackson’s own words.
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