Jim Brown gives Trump a thumbs up
Trump Tower was the scene of NFL royalty Tuesday, as Ray Lewis and Jim Brown met with the president-elect at his New York transition offices. After the meeting, Lewis spoke of addressing urgent economic conditions, saying, “Black or white is irrelevant.”
Trump, who has been criticized for racially insensitive comments and policy positions, also met Tuesday with pop star Kanye West and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault. “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change,” West subsequently tweeted.
“Urban development and job creation are everything,” Lewis, a former star linebacker for the Ravens, told reporters after his meeting. “What we believe with the Trump administration is if we can combine these two powers of coming together — forget black or white. Black or white is irrelevant. The bottom line is job creation and economic development in these urban areas to change the whole scheme of what our kids see.”
For those who have been paying attention, Trump's determination to make a diference in inner cities and advance opportunities for minorities is not new. Trump spoke passionately about both matters on the campaign trail -- and sounded a lot like the late Jack Kemp in the process. That Trump might actually carry through on his promises to address the problems facing these communities is a heartening sign. And so was this, from Jim Brown:
On CNN, Brown praised Trump for surviving a tough presidential campaign and coming out on top. “When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration,” Brown told the network. “No one gave him a chance.”
That sound you hear is a thousand liberal heads spinning faster than toy tops.