CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Pastor Mark Burns, Co-Founder & CEO of The NOW Television Network, delivers a speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photo: Chip Somodevilla
Photo: Chip Somodevilla

Trump supporter Mark Burns tweets cartoon of Clinton in blackface

Donald Trump's top African American adviser apologized Monday after tweeting a cartoon of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in blackface amid the Republican presidential nominee's push to secure minority votes.

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Pastor Mark Burns got mixed reactions Monday morning after tweeting out a political cartoon from ComicallyIncorrect.com.

The comic, originally posted on the site in April, shows Clinton wearing a shirt that says "No hot sauce no peace!" and holding a sign that says "(Expletive) the police."

"I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African Americans," she says in the cartoon.

The tweet was deleted later Monday.

In an interview on MSNBC, Burns initially defended the tweet, saying his decision to post the cartoon was born out of a frustration with African Americans voting against their own interests and politicians who "tap dance" for votes but disappear after taking office.

"I see African Americans in many cases – not every case – but in many cases are suffering throughout this country," he said. "En masse, we have been voting for the Democratic party – en masse – and yet, I think we have very little to show for it."

He referenced a photo purported to show Clinton standing beside her husband while in blackface years ago, although the photo has been widely debunked.

He apologized in an 11 minute-long video posted Monday night on Periscope.

"It was not at all my intention to offer or to not offend anyone," Burns said. "I really am a shepherd to God's people, and the last thing I want to do is offend people."

He said he was instead aiming to shine a spotlight on pandering done by Democratic politicians.

"The last thing I want to do is to anger people," he said. "I really am a unifier. I know God has called me to bring people together so that they can see the good out of each and every one of us, and you can see the good out of every neighbor."

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