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Trump Adviser Sorry for Hillary 'Blackface' Cartoon, But Not Its Message

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 11:08 AM

One of the top African-American advisers to Donald Trump has apologized for tweeting a racially-charged cartoon depicting Hillary Clinton in blackface and wearing a shirt with the words, "No hot sauce, no peace."

But Pastor Mark Burns says he is standing behind the message he was trying to convey with the crude image — that Clinton and the Democratic Party are pandering to black voters with promises they will never keep.

"It was never my intention to hurt anyone or to offend anyone. But the message is very clear … I believe that the Democratic Party has been using the black vote," Burns told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

"Because the Democrat party already knows they own that voting bloc, the promises made to the African-American community are not being carried out.

"When we look at many of our urban communities in our country and we look at the high crime rate, the high unemployment rate — and we also know that most of these urban centers are led by Democratic rule."

Burns, the CEO of NOW, a Christian cable network based in South Carolina, has been advising Trump and introducing the Republican presidential nominee at rallies across the country.

In the offensive cartoon Burns posted, the blackface version of Clinton says in a stereotypical black dialect, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans." The figure also carries a sign with a derogatory slap at police.

A caption on the tweet, which has since been deleted, reads: "Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again. See you again in 4 years."

The image and the words accompanying it were immediately condemned on social media, prompting Burns to go on several morning news shows Tuesday to apologize.

"It is completely contrary to the message of unity that I've been declaring around the world, speaking at Mr. Trump's rallies around this country," Burns told CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

"We need to begin to see each other just as Americans and really, really stop focusing on the things that divide us. That message was a divisive message …

"My initial tweet was to reinforce my position as to point out why this particular candidate, Hillary Clinton, is not really good for the African-American community, because the Democratic Party automatically assumes they own the black vote."

On Fox News' "America's Newsroom," Burns told host Martha MacCallum:

"The black face imagery has been used in the past and it is offensive to African-Americans. But my message I stand behind it. The methodology I would do differently."

Initially, Burns had said he was standing by the cartoon as well.

On Monday night, supporters of Trump insisted he was not a racist.

"I know Donald Trump. He does not look down on anybody, he is not racist at all," 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told a crowd in Atlanta, CBS News reported.

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