MSNBC host Al Sharpton is arguably one of the most divisive people in politics. For years, Sharpton has used his platform to stir racial tensions and make outrageous comments about his political opponents.
But Sharpton got everyone talking this week when he made a bombshell 2020 announcement.
While speaking with BuzzFeed News, Sharpton said he won’t rule out a run for president in 2020.
“I never rule anything out,” Sharpton told BuzzFeed News.
Here’s more from BuzzFeed:
Sharpton, 63, who has more than once run for US Senate and also for mayor of New York City, has said privately that he was partially committed to a scale down his public profile to focus on other projects, including a monument to the civil rights activism of the north with a focus on New York City as the cradle of that movement.
But Trump’s election, Sharpton has said, reinvigorated him and strengthened his resolve to modulate his personal aspirations; this year he has both celebrated his 50th year of civil rights activism and is trying to engineer a fight against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
A spokesperson for Sharpton said his organization, National Action Network, is focused on galvanizing voters to turn out for the midterm elections. The spokesperson also said that Sharpton has been pushing the issue of voter protection and is preaching Sunday in observation of the anniversary of the violent “Unite the Right” rally promoting white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
If Sharpton did take the plunge in 2020, he would likely join a crowded field of 24 Democrats who are currently running for president.
It wouldn’t surprise many if Sharpton ran for president in 2020, especially given the progressive firebrand has long been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
Last month, Sharpton accused Trump of playing the “race card.”
While joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Sharpton was asked about Trump revealing that he was planning to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship.
Sharpton accused Trump of having not read the 14th Amendment, but also implied the president was only considering the action because he was playing the race card.
“This is all about him trying to stir up his base. He doesn’t mean any of this. He’s playing the race card. He’s playing the immigrant card. And I don’t think he has even read the 14th amendment. It’s like when they asked him his favorite Bible scripture he said all of them.”
Aside from the legal debate, it’s also incredibly mind-boggling to see Sharpton accuse anyone of playing the race card or “breaking the law.”
This is the same guy who claimed last month that Trump supporters are people who “go to the lynching after clothing themselves in morality.”
Sharpton also came under fire in September for using singer Aretha Franklin’s funeral to claim Trump doesn’t know what “respect” means.
It’s more than clear that the tax-dodger continues to say whatever he can to get more media attention.