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Former ESPN host Sage Steel goes off on Al Sharpton’s defense of Claudine Gay

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Rev. Al Sharpton faced criticism from former ESPN host Sage Steele after Sharpton commented on Harvard President Claudine Gay’s resignation, calling it “an attack on every Black woman” in America.

Steele expressed frustration with Sharpton’s presumption to speak for people of color and criticized his current role.

She also questioned Gay’s character and actions, highlighting her congressional testimony and the allegations of plagiarism. (Trending: Trump Announces Heartbreaking Melania-Related Health Update)

“I just wish he would go away,” said Steele.

“Almost every time Al Sharpton speaks, I get angry because Al Sharpton pretends that he knows what every single person of color in this country thinks, believes how they should live, how they should act, how they should vote,” she continued.

“Remember Martin Luther King, Mr. Sharpton?” asked Steele.

“I think you do judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin. What happened with Claudine Gay? There are some character issues, which is why she was forced to step down,” said the former ESPN host.

“Better late than never, I guess, right?” asked Steele.

“And the fact that it took the plagiarism instead of what happened with Elise Stefanik is disturbing in its own right, but when you look through the entire letter that Harvard sent to its community… they mentioned she has taken responsibility for some mistakes, but what did they do that stood out to me the most? They denounced the racist attacks that were apparently coming Claudine Gay’s way, as they should. Any racist attack should be denounced,” she explained.

“What about Claudine Gay herself when she was being asked how many times by Elise Stefanik, ‘Is it wrong? Do you denounce any antisemitic comments, any about the genocide of Jewish students on your campus?’ And she couldn’t even answer that. Clearly, she refused to answer it,” said Steele.

Steele emphasized the importance of character over skin color and pointed out the impact of Gay’s actions on Harvard’s reputation and its donors.

“Character to me is so much more concerning,” concluded Steele.

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