Amid all the meetings President-elect Trump has been having with potential nominees and appointees to his cabinet and other leadership roles, he has also been meeting with key stakeholders to address business and other domestic issues.
Among those was NFL legend Jim Brown.
Now Brown is frustrating reporters at CNN.
Brown met with the president-elect on Tuesday where the two reportedly discussed the “state of black America.” After the meeting, Brown had nothing but praise for Mr. Trump.
Brown was interviewed later by CNN’s Anderson Cooper where he held firm to his original statements despite being prompted to bring race into the picture.
“In my opinion, people that go against the election are going against America,” Brown said. “We have free elections, everybody can vote. We fought for that, we brag about that, and we know we’re going to have a winner and we’re going to have a loser. So, my point is if we respect the winner and approach that person and have access to that person and that person will look at what we’re presenting, that’s not too bad.”
Brown continued, criticizing those who simply sit back and complain about their loss.
“I could have sat back and said, ‘Well, Hillary didn’t win, I’m just going to sit on my butt and complain.’ But see, the one thing about this country, if you get off your butt and you apply yourself, you can be successful,” Brown said. “But if you want to be delivered, you’re talking about the wrong country.”
Real Clear Politics reported that Cooper baited Brown, asking if it bothered the NFL star that Trump’s cabinet picks have been predominately white males.
“That’s a tremendous question, you know, and I give an answer a lot of the black people in my community might think I’m a sell out by saying this,” Brown said. “The three greatest people in my life as a young person where white, my high school superintendent, my high school coach, and a – I graduate in Manhasset High, Kenneth Malloy who’s a mentor to yours truly. I’m not a person that really deal in color,” Brown concluded.
Watch the exchange here:
Source: Real Clear Politics