Upstate pastor apologizes about Hillary Clinton black face tweet

Upstate pastor apologizes about Hillary Clinton black face tweet

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A prominent Donald Trump supporter is in the spotlight after posting a very controversial tweet.

Pastor Mark Burns tweeted the image of Hillary Clinton in black face Monday afternoon. He said it represents Hillary Clinton's pandering to black voters with the message, "Thank you for your votes and letting me use you again."

Burns says he sticks by his point about Clinton and about Democrats.

After the tweet Monday night, Burns delivered a message on Periscope, saying he didn't intend to offend anyone with his tweet and he apologized to those who were offended.

Burns has been an outspoken voice as Trump has cranked up his appeals to black voters to consider voting for him. Trump has said Democrats' policies have hurt black Americans and that the party takes them for granted. Burns said that's been his point too.

"Black people have been taken advantage of," Burns said. "The black vote is very important in our society today and I believe that voting block is not being properly worked for in our country. It's just assumed that that voting bloc belongs to the Democratic Party."

Burns says he stands by what the image of Clinton represents.

Trump plans to increase his outreach to black voters. This weekend he's planned a speech at a black church in Detroit.

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