Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked President Obama in a sermon at the Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Sunday, criticizing him for putting the interests of Israel and LGBT Americans over African Americans.
Farrakhan said that Black Americans were crucial to electing Obama in 2008 and 2012, but he had failed to earn their respect for his legacy.
“You fought for the rights of gay people. You fought for the rights of this people and that people,” he said. “You fight for Israel. Your people are suffering and dying in the streets,” he added, a reference to the gun violence in Obama’s hometown Chicago.
The remarks are an apparent rebuttal to Obama’s recent efforts to rebuild his coalition, which included minority voters, by appealing to their desire to preserve his legacy as the nation’s first Black president.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election!” Obama said in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night. “You wanna give me a good sendoff? Go vote!”
Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic comments, has spoken glowingly of Donald Trump. In March, he praised the GOP nominee for standing up to the “Jewish community.”
[h/t Daily Caller]
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