While introducing Donald Trump at a campaign event in Ohio on Wednesday, boxing promoter Don King regaled the crowd at the largely African-American New Spirit Revival Center with a discussion of race. “They told me you’ve got to emulate and imitate the white man, and then you can be successful. So we tried that,” he said, adding: “I told Michael Jackson, I said ‘If you’re poor, you are a poor negro.’ I will use the N-word.” Unsurprisingly, King’s use of the term didn’t sit well with many political pundits, so he addressed the matter on CNN Saturday morning. Or at least he tried.
“I’m going to run out of time in 45 seconds,” CNN’s Michael Smerconish interrupted King towards the end of the segment. “Explain to me what you were trying to say when you dropped the N-word. Because I’ve watched the tape and I’m not getting it.”