The Montgomery County District Attorney in Pennsylvania charged Bill Cosby with aggravated indecent assault. Two hours later, the Rev. Al Sharpton called The American Spectator. After his request to be interviewed was respectfully declined, Sharpton persisted. Here are excerpts from the ensuing marathon session, translated using proprietary software:
American Spectator: Why now?
Al Sharpton: In one word, Bill Cosby.
Spectator: A year ago you said you were “disappointed” in Cosby for not answering the accusations against him, and you wanted to interview him on your MSNBC show.
Sharpton: It’s personal. Bill mentored my daughter Dominique, now 28, when she was a student at Temple University and he was on the board. [Note: He is no longer on the board due to the scandal.] He encouraged her in the arts.
Spec: So after graduation she pursued the arts?
Sharp: She ended up as Director of Membership of the National Action Network. You know the slogan, “No justice, no peace.”
Spec: Isn’t that your organization?
Sharp: Implied nepotism is racism.
Spec: I saw Dominique’s photo on Instagram showing her hiking that challenging mountain in Indonesia. You must be proud of her.
Sharp: Not really. She screwed up her five-million-dollar lawsuit against New York for her injuries and mental anguish when she tripped in a crosswalk a few months earlier.
Spec: A year ago Dominique told the New York Daily News, quote, “I was pretty much born into this…”
Sharp: She obviously doesn’t know how to scam with finesse.
Spec: She said, “…Being the daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton, there’s tremendous pressure that comes along with just that.” What pressure?
Sharp: There certainly is no pressure to pay taxes.
Spec: Last year, you had federal tax liens of more than three million dollars, and state tax liens of nearly eight hundred thousand dollars, and you owe money to the National Action Network.
Sharp: That money was for Dominique’s tuition. Why are you picking on her? Would you pick on Ted Cruz’s two daughters?
Spec: Dominique said Bill Cosby was “instrumental” to her development and, quote, “He never tried to go there that way with me. He’s such a cool guy.”
Sharp: He was very kind to Dominique.
Spec: Maybe she wasn’t his type.
Sharp: If Trump can say Ivanka has a good figure, I can say that Dominique is Bill’s type.
Spec: Isn’t any female Cosby’s type?
Sharp: That’s racism. Would you state that about Bill Clinton?
Sharp: It’s still racism. He was America’s first black president.
Spec: What about Obama?
Sharp: He’s only half black.
Spec: Al, 60 Minutes said you are President Obama’s “go-to black leader.” A Zogby poll showed that one quarter of African Americans say you speak for them.
Sharp: But Zogby’s an Arab. The Jews who control the media won’t report his poll.
Spec: Is that why in 1991 you led demonstrations in Crown Heights after rioting black youths had chanted “Kill the Jew” and fatally stabbed Yankel Rosenbaum.
Sharp: We wanted to let out their steam, so no one would be stabbed again. But as I said at the time, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
Spec: Let’s switch gears. Right after the first Republican presidential debate in August, you interviewed Hillary on the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. She said, “We need to end the era of mass incarceration.” But didn’t Bill Clinton push for mass incarceration?
Sharp: Yes, but he played the saxophone, and Hillary can talk like a soul sister.
Spec: You said Cosby is on your mind. How can you expect us to believe he is innocent?
Sharp: Look at the Tawana Brawley case. Back in 1987, I accused six white men — five cops and a prosecutor — of raping this fifteen year old. We were able to attack any media skepticism as racist. One other point — Bill Cosby helped raise money for her legal fund. Now that’s nostalgia.
Spec: But the reality was…
Sharp: The reality was that the great Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan led a march of one thousand people to support Tawana. I accused the Dutchess County assistant district attorney Steve Pagones of being one of the rapists. The next year a grand jury concluded there was no rape and Tawana’s mother and step-father had beaten her. Pagones successfully sued me for defamation. But the story has a happy ending. Tawana became a Muslim.
Spec: Before we conclude, I have to ask you about Donald Trump.
Sharp: As I said in 1994 at Kean College in New Jersey, “White folks was in the caves while we was building empires” and “We built pyramids before Donald Trump even knew what architecture was… Do some cracker come and tell you, ‘Well my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,’ you better hold your pocket.” I’ve also said, “Koreans sell us watermelons. We eat watermelons all our lives. But they gonna come cut it up, put it in a bucket with a rubber band around it, and we gonna buy it like it’s somethin’ and we didn’t know what it was.”
Spec: Is that the way Hillary Clinton talks before a black group?
Sharp: Yes. Like I said, it’s such a turn-on.
Spec: I hate to bring this up, but nearly nine years ago genealogist Megan Smolenyak reported that your great-grandfather, Coleman Sharpton, was a slave owned by Julia Thurmond, whose grandfather was Strom Thurmond’s great-great-grandfather. So you are related to the late Strom Thurmond, who ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party candidate.
Sharp: I refuse to take a DNA test.
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