CreditRuddy Roye for The New York Times
The NY Times takes a look at the Black Harlem New York icon in the era of Donald Trump and Republican national political power…..
Folded into a far corner of the Grand Havana Room, a private Midtown cigar club on the penthouse floor of 666 Fifth Avenue, Mr. Sharpton looked downright stately. Reporters have tagged along with him to the Grand Havana over the years, because few things get between Mr. Sharpton and his daily cigar, and because he understands it makes for a good scene.
“Fast-forward 40 years later,” he continued. “Black president. Black-on-black violence, Black Lives Matter, this, that and the other. All this fussing: Who’s going to do this, and who’s going to do that? Young, old, blah, blah, blah. Who wins? Donald Trump.”
It’s easy for Mr. Sharpton to draw a line connecting the two eras: he met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. way back when, and he’s known Mr. Trump for over 30 years. America’s present resembles its past — and that’s why, Mr. Sharpton argues, he’s uniquely positioned to take on President Trump, whom he considers as great a danger to civil rights as any he’s fought against in his years as an activist….