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Stephen A. Smith Apologizes to Black Community for Defending Trump | Watch

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*Stephen A. Smith apologized for offending Black people with his recent commentary on Donald Trump.

We reported earlier that when Smith appeared recently on Fox News alongside Sean Hannity, he came to Trump‘s defense following the ex-president’s assertion that Black Americans empathize with him because of his legal troubles.

The NAACP slammed Smith after his comments on Trump’s legal troubles, and Smith clapped back at the organization on social media.

“This is absolutely, positively, sad that you — @NAACP — would misrepresent my comments like this. I was asked what Blacks WHO SUPPORT TRUMP are thinking as to why they support him. I answer THAT question. Sad! But you’re entitled. Good luck. Maybe that will beat Trump, since little else seems to be working — which was my overall point. We shall see,” Smith wrote on X/Twitter.

On Monday (April 22), Smith apologized on his YouTube channel while claiming that the Black community misinterpreted his words. 

“I’m fully aware that I have been in the news the last few days. Paraded all over social media as well after comments I made on Fox News’ Hannity last week…A lot of folks in Black America seem pretty pissed at me right now,” he stated. “Quite a few folks were offended as my words were interpreted as associating support for Trump by the Black community with all the legal issues he’s facing. For that, I sincerely apologize. I’m stating right here for the record that I was taken out of context.” 

Smith added, “Anywhere I appear, no matter my subjectivity relating to what I feel, is still going to be based on facts being presented into the stratosphere. That is who I’ve always been. It is who I’ll always continue to be. But it’s never exercised with malice on my heart and certainly never to assault or harm the Black community, my community…Just because my intent was harmless, doesn’t mean my words will harm less, and I know that.”

Watch his full remarks via the X clip above.

READ MORE: Stephen A. Smith Claps Back at NAACP After Trump Remarks

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