Flashback: Jesse Jackson Praised Trump for ‘Commitment’ to Diversity

Jackson praises Trump as having 'success' that is 'beyond argument' and told about Trump GIVING Jackson's organization FREE office space in his building.

A video surfaced of Rev. Jesse Jackson praising Donald Trump on two separate occasions for his “commitment” to diversity.

Jackson, a known Obama supporter and current endorser of Hillary Clinton, is shown introducing Trump at a forum for Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a non-profit group founded with the stated intention of bringing more blacks and minorities into Wall Street and corporate America.

“I do want to express thanks, you, Donald Trump, for being with us tonight,” Jackson says in the video. “We need your building skills, your gusto, your [unintelligible] for people on Wall Street to represent diversity, and we thank you for coming tonight.”

In the second clip, Jackson states:

I now want to bring forth a friend. He is deceptive in that his social style is of such, one can miss his seriousness and his commitment to success, which is beyond argument. When we opened this Wall Street project and we talked about it, he gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there. And beyond that, in terms of reaching out, and being inclusive, he’s done that too.

During Trump then made the following remarks:

“I will tell you a large percentage of the people, and especially in construction, that are getting these building jobs are black and minorities, and I’m very proud of it. We have close to 25% and I think the number’s going up. And they do a great job. There are no better builders than we have in New York, and a big percentage of that is black and minority folks…”

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  • Jackson praised Trump as having ‘success’ that is ‘beyond argument’ and told about Trump giving Jackson’s organization free office space in his building.