- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A prominent black pastor and supporter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for a now-deleted tweet featuring a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface.

Pastor Mark Burns said that while he regretted his “methodology,” he stood by the message he was trying to convey that Democrats take black voters for granted, CNN reported.

“I prayed that those who I offended really receive … a sincere apology, because it was never my intention to hurt or to offend anyone,” he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “But the message is very clear in what I was trying to say. Obviously, my message, I stand by it, but the methodology, I do not.”

Mr. Burns‘ controversial tweet was written in the voice of Mrs. Clinton, saying, “Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years.”

On CNN, Mr. Burns explained: “The message is simply this: I believe that the Democratic Party has been using the black vote, that black voting bloc, and because the Democratic Party already knows they own that voting block, the promises made to the African-American community are not being carried out.

“For me, the blackface wasn’t the focal point of the picture. It was showing how Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party panders after the black vote,” he added.

Mr. Burns had defended himself in a Monday interview on MSNBC before later apologizing for the tweet in a Periscope livestream video, CNN reported.

“The picture is designed to draw attention to the very fact that Hillary Clinton does pander to black people,” he said. “She does pander and the policies are not good for African-Americans. It’s doing exactly what it’s designed to do. We’re not playing the political PC game to make you feel good.

“I am a black man, I am speaking from the perspective of a black American man who lives in a society where we are at the bottom of the totem pole and yet we are still voting en masse for the same policies that are keeping us here,” he said.

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