Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went toe-to-toe Thursday with a Cleveland pastor over Donald Trump's recent comments that "our African-American communities absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever."
Reed, a steadfast Hillary Clinton supporter, was paired on CNN with the Rev. James Davis, an African-American pastor and Trump supporter. CNN host Alisyn Camerota quickly realized she was in for a rough segment.
Davis defended Trump's comments that African-Americans are worse off than they've ever been, although he hedged to say, "especially for the last eight years under the Obama Administration."
Davis claimed the poverty rate among African-Americans has increased, a point both Camerota and Reed quickly pointed out was not true. Asked for his first reaction to Trump's comments, Reed was blunt: "I said not surprising Donald Trump is lying and this pastor is clearly misinformed."
After another back and forth between the two men, Reed reiterated: "That's what Donald Trump does: lies."
Earlier we told you how U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, responded to Trump's comments. Lewis told MSNBC on Wednesday:
“I don’t know what Mr. Trump is talking about. To say that the situation for African-American is worse than it’s ever been is to talk about worse than slavery? Worse than the system of segregation and racial discrimination when we couldn’t take a seat at a lunch counter and be served? Worse than being denied the right to register to vote, to participate in a democratic process? To live in certain neighborhoods and communities?
We have seen changes. If he failed to believe that things have changed, I invite him to come and walk in my shoes.”