Kasim Reed on CNN: ‘Donald Trump is lying’ about black communities

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went toe-to-toe Thursday with a Cleveland pastor over Donald Trump’s recent comments that “our African-American communities absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.”

Reed, a steadfast Hillary Clinton supporter, was paired on CNN with the Rev. James Davis, an African-American pastor and Trump supporter. CNN host Alisyn Camerota quickly realized she was in for a rough segment.

The roughly seven-minute clip above is remarkable television and ended with Camerota pulling the plug as Reed and Davis shouted over each other about the state of African-Americans in America. At the very end, Reed said he couldn’t wait to see Davis on election night and just before Camerota cut them both off Davis muttered something to Reed about his “violent city,” although it is difficult to make out exactly what was said. trump1

Davis defended Trump’s comments that African-Americans are worse off than they’ve ever been, although he hedged to say, “especially for the last eight years under the Obama Administration.”

Davis claimed the poverty rate among African-Americans has increased, a point both Camerota and Reed quickly pointed out was not true. Asked for his first reaction to Trump’s comments, Reed was blunt: “I said not surprising Donald Trump is lying and this pastor is clearly misinformed.”

After another back and forth between the two men, Reed reiterated: “That’s what Donald Trump does: lies.”

Earlier we told you how U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, responded to Trump’s comments. Lewis told MSNBC on Wednesday:

“I don’t know what Mr. Trump is talking about. To say that the situation for African-American is worse than it’s ever been is to talk about worse than slavery? Worse than the system of segregation and racial discrimination when we couldn’t take a seat at a lunch counter and be served? Worse than being denied the right to register to vote, to participate in a democratic process? To live in certain neighborhoods and communities?  

We have seen changes. If he failed to believe that things have changed, I invite him to come and walk in my shoes.”

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Donald Dinsmore
Donald Dinsmore

Reid might be from Georgia but that don't make him right. He is a Democrat.

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

no violence in Atlanta??? haha Mayor Reed, FIRST 48!

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

haha and KILLARY doesnt lie. Come on, mayor!!

Mary M Swofford
Mary M Swofford

what does KASIM know...he is just like his buddy Obama...both from mixed families...Kasim is a terrible mayor and he KNOCKED his girlfriend up while he was Mayor...grown man...no excuse..

bobjlv
bobjlv

As anyone will tell you in Georgia..."There's Atlanta...then there's Georgia".

Sandra Dale Sikes
Sandra Dale Sikes

So, Kasim, the fact that the unemployment rate FOR BLACKS is higher under Obama is a lie? No, it is a FACT. This government, as most do, is LYING, period, about true unemployment.

Lynn Bearden
Lynn Bearden

Hillary clintons been lying to ALL comnunities for 30 years and you idiots are still pushing her in !!! Americans KNOW that Trum is telling the truth because we LIVE in tbe comnunities that have been devestated by KILLARY and ISLAMOBAMA !!!

Leon Carroll
Leon Carroll

Reed thinks Obama is god and when you die you go to chicago

Linda Nix Benge
Linda Nix Benge

That's why I don't buy your paper anymore. Trump2016

Dowis Satterfield
Dowis Satterfield

Kasim reed is a idiot he needs to do his job and worry about Atlanta

Frank Castaneda
Frank Castaneda

Democratic party is for black and brown suppression. I woke up, i am telling u to wake up too

Frank Castaneda
Frank Castaneda

Trump will save us!!!!! Latino in atl for trump!! Deplorable proud

Jon Fryett
Jon Fryett

It's CNN, that ought to tell you something already. They edit and spin anything about Trump in order to sway the AA vote away from him. That is why they find any anti-Trump guest to fit their agenda. SMH

Mark Miranda
Mark Miranda

Reed is an IDIOT and worst voting for Killary a Double IDIOT!!!!

George Hanna
George Hanna

How about that's what politicians do lie....

Anita Cork Irvin
Anita Cork Irvin

What's the % of whites in poverty... After all POTUS is 50% white \U0001f633

Brenda Cooper
Brenda Cooper

Most of them are in worse shape bc the govt allows them to be total dependence upon t Assistance. They give them everything they want and don't have to hit a lick at nothing.

Frank Craft
Frank Craft

NO MOTHER LOVER, THATS WHAT YOU DO IS LIE.......TRUMP THAT

Neil Franklin
Neil Franklin

Kasim Reed is a typical lying Demtard........

Rock N Ray Osborne
Rock N Ray Osborne

Trump 2016 no more murding liar's from the clinton foundation, any one who would steal money to help people should be behind bar's

Alicia Reyes
Alicia Reyes

How about Hilary's Lies . Her long list can't be counted \U0001f601\U0001f601\U0001f601

Randall G Collins
Randall G Collins

I'm sure that the blacks who play Obama's game are doing quite well.

Lisa Modlin
Lisa Modlin

So when he says "ever", does he mean post slavery and Jim Crow?

Gary Adams
Gary Adams

Atlanta has been a BS city for decades. A democratic city waiting to hit the wall. The wealth of the south is the main thing that's kept it going and growing. Everyone in Georgia knows it. Always.

Tam Bernard
Tam Bernard

Talk is cheap, just drive through the streets of the poverty stricken areas of Kasim Reed's Atlanta and you will see for yourself. They may not all be worse, but they sure as heck are not any better. Obama promised black people the "moon" if they would vote for him and he stabbed them in the back.

Sandra Schwarz Aiken
Sandra Schwarz Aiken

He hasn't watched the news in Atlanta lately. A bit of work needs to be done there.

Stacy Moreland
Stacy Moreland

People read the stats that they want to read. The fact is under this administration the government is feeding and taking care of more people than ever. We are going in the wrong direction. We need a strong leader to help get this country off its knees and back to being a strong independent nation. We need TRUMP!!! \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Dan Berry
Dan Berry

You are far to clueless to add anything of value to this conversation

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Where in the hell do they find these fake sellout pastors? He's just as ignorant and inpolite as his master, Trump.

David Landrum
David Landrum

The family unit was together more so than today. Not saying that white folks are hitting the ball out of the park these days but before the social experiments were taken on by the Govt there was a certain structure. The numbers are bleak in the black community, not great elsewhere. Dads were able to reign their young men in better. With all the yelling rational thought has gone out the window. I'm tired of the blame game I want peace but my guard is up as well. We need a God intervention soon.

David Landrum
David Landrum

Btw they both deserved 30 yrs for choosing that life.

David Landrum
David Landrum

I don't put much weight in a Dragon Con guy. Is momma's basement cozy?

Char Stewart
Char Stewart

David Landrum the destruction of the black family was due to systemic racism in this country. I have a friend from a very wonderful middle class family. He received 30 years for trafficking. This guy wasn't violent, at the age of 23, he received 30 years. This is why we have these issues. Another friend's husband did the exact same thing, and only received 10 years. Guess what color he is. God doesn't need to help us fix what is right in our faces. We need to address what is and has been going on in this country. Stop ignoring it because it doesn't impact your tribe.

David Landrum
David Landrum

Char Stewart that doesn't hold water with me. I received a niece and two nephews after my brother in law methed out and the sister in law chose that life to. We are a collection of our choices good and bad. We have different burdens to bear. Quit ignoring that the tribe of a darker tint is becoming exactly the thing that they hated. Yes racism exists but it's not only the white man. It's greed and evil.

David Landrum
David Landrum

Char you also call these guys friends. Did you step in and become a light to these men's children. You saw the need right in front of your face. Were you compelled to help the kids equally or were you more inclined to help one over the other. My hope is you did what you could.

Jim Nichols
Jim Nichols

Reed is just another liberal who's scared to death that Trump will get in and expose their little country high jack! And he will, just watch and see, liberals might want to start packing, as well as the crooked repubs!

Dan Berry
Dan Berry

You need to keep your stupid to yourself.