Damage-Control Time for Sharpton
Posted on May 9, 2007
For someone who works the media as frequently and avidly as he does, and for someone who does so largely to address issues of discrimination, the Rev. Al Sharpton wouldn’t be expected to be accused of bigotry on the grounds that he denigrated presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s religion. But that’s what happened after a debate Tuesday in New York.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who recently urged that radio host Don Imus be fired for making a racially insensitive remark, said in a debate that “those who really believe in God will defeat” Republican Mitt Romney for the White House.
But Sharpton denied he was questioning the Mormon’s own belief in God.
Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time.
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation,” Sharpton said Monday during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts headquarters.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
Foot in mouth? Sharpton (pictured here in an earlier photo) says his comment was taken out of context and misunderstood.