Al Sharpton To Trump: ‘We’re Gonna Fight You Hard’


As some of President-elect Donald Trump’s political enemies rush to become his friends in the wake of Trump’s stunning victory Tuesday, one of his long-time acquaintances promised Trump “the fight of his life” in the months to come.

Al Sharpton, with whom Trump has had an off-again, on-again friendship since the late 1980s, was asked how he felt about the election. The civil rights activist began by acting philosophical but was soon in full throttle by the time a New York minute had passed.

“It’s not the results we wanted, very sad, but we’ve survived almost as bad or in some cases, worse,” Sharpton said in a video posted on TMZ.

Then Sharpton began to warm to his subject.

“We’re dealing with a guy who used divisiveness and bigotry and won,” he said as he began to wax eloquent on the subject of Trump.

“Now how do we protect what we’ve done in the last eight years that he’s going to come after, that President Obama has established? And how do we do what they do? Go to work and fight back. He can rest assured we are not going to take our foot off the pedal.”

Sharpton then vowed there would be action ahead.

“He is going to have the fight of his life,” said Sharpton, adding, “We’re gonna fight you hard.”

Sharpton noted that Trump will be fighting a two-front war as president.

“Mr. Trump better saddle up,” he said. “He’s got a lot he has to deal with. He promised a wall, he promised jobs … he’s gonna have to deliver for his crowd while he fights our crowd. His crowd’ll turn on him within three months. He can’t deliver half of what he said, I guarantee it.”

Sharpton was among those who said he would go to Canada if Trump won, a comment that he said after the election was just talk.

“I mean, all of us said that. No, that was said in jest. We’re not going anywhere. Clearly, it was said in jest. If that’s the comfort they got, they better get ready for an uncomfortable ride,” he said.

Sharpton has been a fixture in the New York City political scene since the 1980s, as has Trump.

“I know (Sharpton) very well, and I’ve always gotten along with him, to be honest with you,” Trump said in a 2014 interview. “There are those who say (Sharpton) likes Trump a lot. . . . Al’s a con man. He knows it. I know it. (Boxing promoter) Don King knows it, his friend, who I go to with fights with — with Al. And they all know it.”

He has also observed that Sharpton “is a guy who I don’t believe really believes what he’s saying.”

Over the winter, Sharpton revealed his private feelings for a man with whom he will publicly feud.

“The best way I can describe Donald Trump to friends is to say if Don King had been born white he’d be Donald Trump,” Sharpton said. “Both of them are great self-promoters and great at just continuing to talk even if you’re not talking back at ’em.”

Sharpton said he dislikes what Trump is doing in his campaign, but not the man himself.

“I mean, I don’t like what he’s doing. But I don’t dislike him. He’s the kind of personality that is hard to dislike — he’s entertaining, let’s put it that way. You’d have to be a New Yorker to understand him,” Sharpton said.

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