Civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton compared his relationship with President Barack Obama to the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and famed orator Frederick Douglass.
On NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Chris Jansing asked Sharpton about a recent article in Politico Magazine labeling him a “surrogate” for Obama’s White House regarding race relations.
“First of all, I’m not a surrogate,” he contended. “I have access to the White House in every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass. Presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.”
“Not comparing Marc Morial or Melanie Campbell and I to Frederick Douglass,” Sharpton added (though the “and I” was barely audible). “But that’s nothing unusual.”
“I went to Ferguson because the family, the grandfather called to ask me to come,” he said. “The White House called while I was there, talked to me, the head of the NAACP and others. So it’s not a surrogate, it is a customary, traditional role.”
Sharpton went on to praise President Obama’s handling of the Ferguson crisis, saying if he’d given any further support to the Michael Brown family it could’ve been used “in a legal context to say the president ordered the indictment, rather than letting the process go fairly.”
Here are a couple of examples of Sharpton in the “customary, traditional role” he inherited from the brilliant nineteenth-century writer, orator, statesman and political advocate Frederick Douglass:
Via Washington Free Beacon: