Rev. Sharpton Addresses Call with President Trump, Advocated for Homeless and Incarcerated during COVID-19—
(New York, NY) — On March 21st, 2020, Reverend Al Sharpton called the White house hoping to speak to the President about giving aid to homeless and incarcerated peoples. Read the transcript or watch Rev. Sharpton discusses their discussion below.
“This morning I called the White House and the leaders of Congress about making sure that as they deal with this pandemic that they test the homeless and those incarcerated. How can you tell people to stay home that do not have a home? Who are laying out under bridges and other places with pre-existing conditions. How do you tell people that are in 6 by 12 cells to stay six feet away from one another? Somebody has to make a moral appeal. To my surprise, President Trump called me back – I made. No there is not going to be a meeting, no there is not going to be a hug fest. He still has said his words against me, I have said mine against him. But somebody has got to stand up and speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. That’s what I do.”