Charles Barkley Issues Bizarre Threat To MAGA

Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley lashed out at black Trump supporters and called them “freakin idiots” who deserve a “punch in the face.” Speaking to CNN’s Gayle King, he quickly took back the suggestion that he would deliver such an attack and stated, “I’m not gonna go around punching random strangers.” He added that he believes it is a person’s right to vote for whoever they want.

Barkley said he was particularly angered by Trump’s remarks that black voters sympathize with him because of his many legal battles and criminal indictments.

During a speech in South Carolina, Trump said he was indicted for “nothing,” adding that so many black people support him because, like them, he is the victim of discrimination by the justice system.

Barkley expressed disgust at Trump comparing his “plight” to that of black people. “I’ve a problem with that,” he said.

Despite the basketball star’s criticisms, research shows that growing numbers of black voters are backing the former President in his bid for a second White House term. A New York Times/Siena College survey on March 5 revealed that support for Trump among black Americans has risen from 4% in 2020 to 23% this year.

While Democrats denounced Trump’s remarks about black people supporting him because of his criminal indictments as “racist,” the leader of the Black Conservative Federation, Diante Johnson, defended him. He described “media deception” as responsible for racism accusations and said black conservatives will disregard those attacks and vote for “safer streets, better financial well-being, and a secure border.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Black People disagrees, however, and said Trump is “delusional” to think that his “criminality” is attractive to black voters.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described the former President’s remarks as “repugnant” and “divisive” and condemned Mr. Trump for advancing racist stereotypes.

Nevertheless, Trump is embracing his growing support among black Americans and will release a targeted ad campaign in the coming weeks.