According to The New York Post, the Reverend Al Sharpton believes that Donald Trump is like a white version of boxing promoter Don King.
Sharpton, in an interview with the New York Daily News Thursday said he’d probably get in trouble for it, but said that there are similarities between King and the real estate tycoon.
Don King has promoted some of the biggest names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
“My definition of Donald Trump is that if Don King had been born white, he’d be Donald Trump,” Sharpton said.
Asked if he thought Trump believed some of the divisive rhetoric he’s spewed on the campaign trail, Sharpton said, “About as much as Don King believed in ‘Rumble for the Jungle’” — a reference to the famous 1974 fight between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman that King promoted.
Sharpton said he’s not close with Trump, despite knowing him for decades socially through hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and King.
Don King introduced Sharpton to Trump in the 1980s after he opened Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. At the time, Sharpton was close with boxer Mike Tyson, who King was managing.
“Imagine sitting in a room with both of them (Trump and King),” Sharpton said. “That’s how I got to know Donald Trump!”
Sharpton said he still stands by his earlier assessment of Trump that the candidate is behaving like he’s playing the lounge instead of the main room.
Sharpton told The Washington Post that singer James Brown once told him, “There’s a difference between the lounge act and the acts that play the main room.”
The difference, according to the hardest working man in showbiz, was the lounge act would try anything for attention, but the performer with top billing needed “polish.”
“When you get on the main stage, Reverend, whatever you did to get out the lounge don’t do that on the main stage,” Brown said, according to Sharpton.