Al Sharpton Slams Trump for Not Tweeting About the Dylann Roof Case

Rev. Al Sharpton wants Donald Trump to take a break from attacking the media, Boeing and Saturday Night Live to actually use his Twitter account for good.

"I was a little surprised I didn't see [Trump] tweet about the Dylann Roof verdict. I'm surprised he hasn't addressed the verdict," Sharpton, the president of the National Action Network, said sarcastically.

Of course, no one was surprised by the resounding silence on this, given Trump's mere two-word response to the spate of racially motivated attacks following the election.

"Stop it," Trump told his supporters watching his CBS News interview with Leslie Stahl, when asked if he had a message for his supporters inciting violence. The interview aired less than one week after the election. Trump did find the time to tweet about the attack at Ohio State University, no doubt because a Somali-American Muslim was behind it, and that fits more with Trump's anti-immigrant, Islamophobic message.

But mostly, Trump uses Twitter to strike out at enemies like Saturday Night Live and Vanity Fair, or just anyone who criticizes or disagrees with him.

"In his mind, he's an outsider, he's an outer-borough brawler," was Sharpton's take on Trump's insistent counterpunching. "He always felt like people were looking down on him and attacking him.” Sharpton has known Trump for decades and even received a call from the president-elect following a recent TV appearance. 

"He's going to inherit this divided America," Sharpton hammered. "I hope he sets the tone on where we're going, given this kind of historic case." 

At 21, a Dylann Roof, a self-radicalized white supremacist, murdered nine black parishioners when he opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015. Roof was convicted of 33 counts by a federal jury on December 15, 2016. 

Sharpton called Roof's crimes "the most devastating, the most repulsive act of racism we've seen in our lifetimes."

"If [Roof] had walked out of [court without facing those charges], I don't know how any of us would have ever had any confidence in the system again," Sharpton added. 

Sharpton has been meeting with members of Congress in anticipation of a Trump presidency. He is hopeful that the federal government will continue to fight for civil rights and plans to lead a D.C. protest the week prior to Trump's inauguration. 

It should be noted that Dylann Roof wrote a manifesto about how he was radicalized. The face of his inspiration, Jared Taylor, was featured prominently in Hillary Clinton's campaign ad tying Trump to the "alt-right."



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