South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn tells Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff that President Trump’s decision to hold a rally in Tulsa on the day after the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, one of the worst examples of racial violence in United States history, should send a message to Black men who voted for Trump in 2016.
DANIEL KLAIDMAN: Congressman, President Trump is set to have a physical rally in Tulsa on Saturday, Tulsa being the site of the worst incident of racial violence in this country and a tragic, tragic episode in our history. Is that a slap at the face of black Americans? Do you think you should be holding a rally there?
JAMES CLYBURN: Well, that explains-- one more incident to explain what the answer is to his question, what do you have to lose? When he asked that question, it turned out to be a very significant turn of events. 13% of African-American males went out and voted for him based upon that question.
The fact of the matter is, he is now showing us every day what you've got to lose. Going to Tulsa is an indication of what you've got to lose-- your dignity and your respect. And I would hope that those 13% of African-Americans that voted for him and those who are out there supporting him now, I would hope they will regather themselves, take back their dignity, demand respect, and say to this man, who looks in the camera and calls a black woman a dog, and think about whether you want-- whether they would want him to say that about the women in their lives.