Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, tweeted a cartoon of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wearing blackface on Aug. 29 (video below).
The cartoon shows Clinton holding a sign that says: "#@!* The Police" and another sign that reads, "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans," according to Politico.
Burns added his own caption in the Tweet: "Black Americans. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years."
During an interview with MSNBC host Kristen Welker the same day, Burns defended the blackface tweet:
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First of all, I just want to say that the tweet is a frustration that I have as a black man here in America, and how I see African-Americans in many cases, not every case, but in many cases of suffering throughout this country and to see how en masse we have been voting for the Democratic Party en masse, and yet we have very little to show for it. I think it's a vexation to me to see how the Democratic Party, especially Hillary Clinton, what I call "tap dance for the black vote," get it and then disappear for four more years.
Burns also thanked Welker for pointing out how offensive blackface is to black people, and added that his blackface tweet is a satirist's drawing. He then cited a "blackface actual reality picture that Bill Clinton took when he was younger," saying it's offensive that the public doesn't talk about it.
Burns retweeted a meme of the picture he mentioned, which is a photo of someone who resembles the former president standing next to a second person wearing blackface. The meme caption states: "The Democrats aren't going to like this one! The Clinton's at a costume party many years ago."
That meme, which was first posted to Twitter in 2015, "has been frequently shared along with the claim that it shows former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a costume party," according to Snopes, a rumor research website. "This photo does not appear to be of either of them."
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Back on MSNBC, Burns also defended tweeting the blackface cartoon of Clinton by saying it is "more offensive" that millions of black people are on welfare and "thousands" of African-Americans are on food stamps. Burns didn't say why black people choosing to accept government aid is offensive, but he made no mention of the welfare that corporations receive.