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Stephen A. Smith makes egregious statement on why Black people relate to Trump

The NAACP responds to Smith’s comments
Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith (Photo credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre for rolling out)

Stephen A. Smith is known as the sports guy, but every once in a while he’ll get into his political lane and show that he can talk about a range of subjects. This time around, people were not too pleased with his recent statements about Donald Trump — most notably Black people and the NAACP.

Smith was a guest on Fox News where he called out Democrats over their prosecution of Trump. During his segment, he defended Trump after the former president said that Black people like him because of his indictments.

“As much as people have been abhorred by Donald Trump’s statements weeks ago — talking about how he’s hearing Black folks find him relatable because of what he is going through is similar to what Black Americans have gone through — he wasn’t lying,” Smith said. “He was telling the truth.”

The NAACP had a few words to say on X, formerly known as Twitter, regarding Smith’s statements.

“Relatable!?! Show of hands: Anyone in your Black family have 88 felony charges pending, filed for bankruptcy 6x, made an attempt to overthrow a presidential election and our democracy and still have the ability to fall asleep in court and dream of being POTUS,” the NAACP said.

Smith didn’t back down.

“This is absolutely, positively, sad that you — @NAACP — would misrepresent my comments like this,” he replied to the NAACP. “I was asked what Blacks WHO SUPPORT TRUMP are thinking as to why they support him. I answer THAT question. Sad! But you’re entitled. Good luck. Maybe that will beat Trump since little else seems to be working — which was my overall point. We shall see.”

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