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DJ ENVY: It’s DJ Envy, Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God: We are The Breakfast Club. And we have a special, special guest on The Breakfast Club this morning.
CHARLAMAGNE: That’s right! The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has returned to The Breakfast Club. How are you, young man?
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (HMLF): You started it off good! (Smile.) The old man is doing fine… I’m very glad to be here with you. I came, really, to express my gratitude to you, and to DJ Envy and to Angela, for the privilege of being on The Breakfast Club that really helped the Minister reach young people that made 10.10.15 successful. I didn’t want you to come to where I was. I wanted to come and be with you where you are most comfortable to say thank you.
DJ ENVY: Now last time that you came, we were talking about The March, we were gearing up for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March last October. So now The March happened, what do you think about The March and the turnout?
HMLF: The turnout was great considering that we had no mainstream media helping us. But the media that really helped us was social media, and stations like yours; and the talk began to get so great, and the young people showed up in great numbers at 10.10.15, and The Movement that began is now jumping. We asked for “10,000 Fearless,” and 8,000 or more have signed up that want to come into the hood and present our bodies to stand in between the guns and the gangs, and let’s see if we can resolve some of the conflict, create employment for our young people, and then take control of where we live.
CHARLAMAGNE: Let’s talk about some current events, Brother Minister, because people are under the impression that you endorsed Donald Trump for president.
HMLF: When a man refuses to take money from those who give money to politicians, you don’t pay the piper and sit back and let somebody else call the tune. So I thought Mr. Trump going right to members of the Jewish community and telling them, “I don’t need your money and I don’t want your money,” meant to me that he would be free enough to work for the good of America. I applauded him for that. Of course things change, and he’s looking for some money now. He’s looking for $1 billion, and he doesn’t want to put that up, so he’s looking to some of those who traditionally support politicians to have their way. I was on radio in Chicago [WVON interview, Dec. 11, 2015], and I was talking about Mr. Trump and certain things he was saying, that he wanted to go into Iraq and just “take the oil.” I said he sounded like the Corleone Family from The Godfather, you know, “Let’s just get it all while we got the muscle.” I said this man is peeling back the onion of White civility; and every level of that onion that he peels back, more and more of the nakedness of rancor and hate and bitterness is coming up out of the followers. This is one of the most interesting of all of the political presidential runs that I have had the blessing of seeing in my 83 years on this planet.