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Pro-Trump Pastor Apologizes for Tweet of Hillary in Blackface

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Pastor Mark Burns speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in July. (AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 Aug 2016 09:56 PM

An African-American pastor who supports Donald Trump's presidential run apologized Monday after tweeting a cartoon depicting Democrat Hillary Clinton in blackface as part of her effort to woo black voters.

Pastor Mark Burns deleted the tweet and posted a statement via Periscope in which he said, "My intentions were honorable," and that he wanted to point out that black people have been taken for granted by Democrats and by Clinton's campaign.

The cartoon, which Burns did not create, showed Clinton in blackface and included messages relating to her "hot sauce" comment to a black radio station and a sign against police officers.

Burns initially defended the tweet in an appearance on MSNBC, saying it was satire that showed how Democratic policies have failed African Americans.

Later, he thought better of it.

"I want to apologize because the last thing I want to do is to anger people. I really am a unifier," he said on Periscope. "It was not at all my intention to offer or to not offend anyone, the last thing I want to do is to offend people." 

 

 

The tweet was "designed to bring how I feel the very real reality as to why the Democratic Party and how I view it and have interpreted have been pandering and using black people just for their votes," Burns said.

As of Monday night, Burns' Twitter feed still contained a retweet also from Monday of a picture from what appears to be a Halloween party where a man dressed as a hillbilly is standing with a person in blackface. The tweet claims the people in the picture are Bill and Hillary Clinton "at a costume party many years ago."

Snopes.com says the photo was first posted as a response to a Huffington Post "Throwback Thursday" picture of Bill Clinton dressed as a cowboy and Hillary Clinton as Dolly Parton, and that while the man bears a slight resemblance to a young Bill Clinton, it does not appear to be him.

"[T]he fact that such a potentially career-destroying photo had never been seen before 2015, despite the Clintons' long and often controversial lives directly in the public eye, makes it appear that this image is being spread in a deliberate attempt to smear the presidential candidate," Snopes notes.

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