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WATCH: Black Trump surrogate Mark Burns goes ballistic defending Clinton blackface cartoon on MSNBC

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Pastor Mark Burns went to great lengths on Monday to derail MSNBC host Kristen Welker’s questioning regarding his posting an image depicting Hillary Clinton in blackface.

“You’re accusing Hillary Clinton of pandering to African-American voters — and yet Donald Trump has yet to lay out and enumerate his plans to create jobs, to deal with the crime issues that he’s talking about,” Welker told Burns, who has acted as a surrogate for Trump. “So how can African-American voters feel as though he is validly trying to address some of their top concerns when he has not spoken directly to them and to their communities?”

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“Tell me: where are your ancestors from?” Burns asked her.

“I have a lot of ancestors,” Welker replied. “Let’s just stick on the topic, though.”

“When you talk to one black family, you’re not talking to all black families,” said Burns, who is black. “We need to quit talking as though when you talk to ‘the African-American community’ as though that resonates with all –”

“But he’s not talking to them at all, Pastor Burns, that’s my point,” she interjected.

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“That’s not true. He’s talking to Americans!” Burns yelled. “And we as African-Americans are Americans. We are American. We are American. and we deserve to have the same respect as all Americans. When Donald Trump talked about jobs, he didn’t talk to white America — he talked to America. And that’s the problem we have in this society.”

While Trump drew criticism last week for making his pitch to African-American voters in front of all-white audiences, Burns did so on Monday for posting the drawing of Clinton, along with the caption, “Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years.” A screenshot of the picture can be seen below.

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“I am standing behind that picture,” Burns insisted. “We as African-Americans, we need to make Democrats fight for our vote. We need to make them fight for us. We need to make them do what they say they are gonna do, because we are just as valuable as every race in the great state of the United States of America.”

Watch the interview, as aired on Monday, below.

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