African-American activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton shot back at allegations that he and his nonprofit organization owe an estimated $4.5 million in taxes to the federal government, saying the charges were politically-motivated. (RELATED: Brit Hume On Al Sharpton Finances Revelation: He’s A ‘Crook,’ ‘Tax Cheat’)
“A lot of people don’t like the fact that President Obama’s the president,” he told reporters in a Harlem press conference. “A lot of people do not like the fact that Bill de Blasio won for mayor. And they certainly don’t like that I’m still here, and I ain’t going nowhere.”
“I think it’s political,” he replied shortly at another point.
Local paper Capitol New York also reported that the press conference ended with Sharpton “abruptly walking out on a roomful of reporters.”
[h/t Capitol New York]