Donald Trump is continuing to speak out on his claim Saturday that notorious boxing promoter Don King has endorsed him while King is denying that he ever made the endorsement.
Trump first claimed that King endorsed him on Twitter Thursday along with a quote in a Washington Post Story where he held up an edition of the black weekly owned by King, Call & Post, announcing the magazine’s endorsement of him as proof of his support among black voters.
The great boxing promoter, Don King, just endorsed me. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2016
But, despite the magazine’s endorsement, King told the New York Daily News at Muhammad Ali’s funeral that he does not endorse Trump, saying he is “endorsing the people.”
“No,” King said to the Daily News. “I’m endorsing the people. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, I’m a Republicrat, and I go with the will of the people. The only reason Trump exists is because of the will of the people.”
But, King did come to Trump’s defense saying he likes him and that he is not racist.
“I like Mr. Trump,” King told the Daily News. “He’s an idol of America. That’s shaded the way the media wants to shade it.”
Despite King’s comments in the Daily News, Trump continued to tout the supposed endorsement on his Twitter.
Don King, and so many other African Americans who know me well and endorsed me, would not have done so if they thought I was a racist!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2016