MSNBC host and former presidential candidate Al Sharpton gave his take on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign Tuesday, criticizing the real estate mogul as a lounge singer not stepping up to the main stage.
“What plays at Lincoln Center don’t play at the Apollo,” Sharpton told The Washington Post. “And I think that he is an Apollo act in Lincoln Center.”
Sharpton, who’s had a tenuous relationship with Trump for years in New York City, noted that the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host needs to realize he can’t operate politically as if he’s doing a real estate deal.
“He doesn’t understand you are now on center stage. You can’t talk about McCain like you’re talking about the real estate guy bidding against you for a building in downtown Brooklyn,” he said.
The civil rights activist also noted that it’s understandable that Trump has been caught off guard by the brushback against his comments on immigration and Senator John McCain.
“Why was he surprised? Because nobody called him on all the outrageous stuff he said about President Obama. [That’s because] he was the guy in the lounge talking about the president. Nobody called him when he was talking all this immigration, [because] he was the lounge guy in the lounge,” Sharpton said.