Many of our readers will recall the steady stream of visitors going in and out of Trump Tower during the transition period, whether potential advisers vying for spots in the administration or just celebrities enjoying the opportunity to bend the president-elect’s ear.
One of those who made the trek to Trump Tower to speak with President-elect Donald Trump was comedian and TV star Steve Harvey, and he caught far more grief over that brief meeting than he ever expected to receive, Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.
While much of the interview revolved around his new talk show, racism, Hollywood in general and an embarrassing memo to his staff that had been leaked, Harvey also spoke about the racially charged “backlash” he received when asked about his meeting with Trump, and stated, “I didn’t see that coming. Jesus.”
“The backlash. It was so vicious that it really threw me,” he explained. “I was being called names that I’ve never been called: Uncle Tom. A coon. A sellout. Because I went to see this man?!”
It’s important to remember that Harvey backed Democrat Hillary Clinton as much as any member of the entertainment establishment going into the election. He and his staff even scripted an entire program with Clinton that was produced in a way that made viewers believe the candidate’s reactions were spontaneous. But when he got the chance to meet with Trump, he took it.
“Which only happened because my business partner got a call from the Obama transition team, who said that the Trump transition team would like to set up a meeting,” Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter. “The Obama team said they thought it would be a good idea because the president is encouraging dialogue. And I have a relationship with Obama. We’re friends. So I say, ‘OK, cool.’”
As to the discussion in Trump Tower, Harvey recalled, “We talked about golf for 20 minutes. And then I told him, ‘Mr. President, I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t vote for you. I campaigned very hard for Hillary Clinton.’
“And I said, ‘The problem was that we made a lot of mistakes in the campaign. We were playing checkers and y’all was playing chess. But now that you’re here, you’re the 45th president and I’m going to help you,’” Harvey continued.
“He wants to know how, so I say, ‘You’ve appointed Ben Carson as the head of Housing and Urban Development, and I’ve got keys to a lot of cities around this country from the years of performing that I’ve done. I can get an ear to them really quick and find out what their real needs are. Y’all keep closing schools in the cities. Why don’t we take those schools that are closing, put some HUD money in them, and reopen them as vision centers and teach STEM and computers and coding? If you connect me with Ben Carson, I can help him with that.’
“A few minutes later, he had Ben Carson on the phone,” he recalled.
Asked if anything ever came from his conversation with Carson, Harvey revealed, “I’ve been to HUD twice. I’ve met with Dr. Carson and we’re actually trying to get it started.
“We’ve had meetings, and now we’re just waiting on the final notes,” he added. “We have several teams in place. Hopefully, before the year goes out, we’ll be making the announcement about the first vision center.”
As for Trump, Harvey stated that they haven’t spoken since that meeting during the transition.
While what Steve Harvey just revealed about what he and Carson have been working on is nothing short of awesome, it will almost certainly bring him more grief and backlash from a certain segment of the left — such as the Black Lives Matter movement — that seems to thrive in a state of ignorance and perpetual victimhood.
For the Black Lives Matter thugs, what Harvey is doing is nothing short of collaborating with the enemy. It’s going to be interesting to see how the rest of the liberal fold treats it.
Improving failing inner city schools by transforming them into “vision centers” that teach young minorities the skills they’ll need to grow and succeed in our rapidly advancing modern era could very well be one of the prescriptions needed to turn around our nation’s struggling inner cities as a whole. But since the idea has been tinged by the likes of Trump and one of his top cabinet members, it will likely be rejected out of hand by the same sort of people who have been demanding just such a thing be done.
Regardless, Harvey offered up his support to Trump in an effort to make things work better, which is simply a non-starter for some on the left. Hopefully, Harvey won’t pay any mind to the racist backlash he has and will continue to receive from the left, and will remain focused on doing what he said he wanted to do, making our inner city education systems great again.
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