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Trump coalition pushes back against ‘racist’ tag

CLEVELAND — The Trump coalition assembled onstage at a church in a historically African-American neighborhood here Wednesday morning to sell the Republican nominee as the only candidate who can turn the tide for women and minorities — and to flatly deny that he’s racist.

Seated to Trump’s right was Mike Pence, his soft-spoken running mate. To his left, outspoken longtime attorney Michael Cohen. Behind him: famed boxing promoter Don King (“there’s only one,” Trump said), former presidential rival Ben Carson (“tough”), retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (“a tough general”), and former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault (“a wonderful woman”), among others. It amounted to a gathering of Trump’s informal kitchen cabinet.

“I’m different from a lot of Republicans, frankly,” Trump said from the pulpit. It showed.

King, whom top GOP officials had pushed not to speak at the Republican convention due to a past manslaughter conviction, was given the prime slot of introducing Trump at a forum billed as a pastors leadership conference. King, who clutched and waved the flags of Israel and the United States, was introduced by Pence at the New Spirit Revival Center.
Read more at Politico

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