Pastor Apologizes for Sharing ‘Blackface’ Hillary Comic–But the Guy Who Drew It Isn’t Backing Down

Diehard Donald Trump supporter Pastor Mark Burns recently tweeted out a political cartoon of Hillary Clinton with blackface, make-up that’s typically considered offensive in 2016.

The tweet, accompanied by the photo below, read:

“Black Americans. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again…See you in again in 4 years.”

At first, Burns was unapologetic over the tweet, saying it shed light on a broader issue. He told MSNBC that he’s sick of African Americans voting for Democrats time and time again and getting no help in their communities in return:

“The picture is designed to do draw attention to the very fact that Hillary Clinton do pander after black groups, after black people.”

The questionable move came right in the middle of Donald Trump’s latest push to get more African American votes.

As CBS News reports, Burns later deleted the tweet and apologized for the “offensiveness of the blackface” imagery. However, he hasn’t walked back on the message.

But the cartoonist of the drawing, Tony Branco, told The Washington Post he regrets nothing about the controversial caricature:

Political cartoons are supposed to rile people up, get people talking, have a discussion about issues. It’s supposed to focus people’s attention on the issue, and that’s what the cartoon did. And I’m pretty proud that it did that.”

The conservative cartoonist actually drew the image back in April and, much like Burns, said it has to do with Clinton’s pandering to African Americans:

“I’m labeling Hillary Clinton as a panderer, a panderer to the black community. That’s what I’m labeling her as…not necessarily a racist. I don’t know about her heart.”

He also said the blackface many people took offense to was more or less a way to show her trying to “fit in” with the African American community:

“Putting her in blackface — well, it wasn’t exactly blackface; it was more of a picture of her trying to fit in with black people and insult their intelligence. I was just trying to point out in my way that she was pandering to black people, trying to fit in with black people. It’s no more complicated than that.”

It’s not the first time Branco has taken a jab at Hillary Clinton. These are just a few of his cartoons featuring the Democratic presidential nominee:

I have a Dream today! That this cartoon will get over 100,000 hits before the end of the DNC Convention. 🙂 Can you Help?Please visit my website >>> http://comicallyincorrect.com/

Posted by Comically Incorrect – Home of Cartoonist A.F. Branco on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Posted by Comically Incorrect – Home of Cartoonist A.F. Branco on Monday, August 1, 2016

Posted by Comically Incorrect – Home of Cartoonist A.F. Branco on Thursday, July 21, 2016

He also said the media has a sick way of “twisting” things like a harmless cartoon and morphing it into an issue of race:

“The media would rather turn this into a racist issue and try to focus on the fact that ‘it’s blackface, oh, it’s blackface,’ and not even look at the fact that she’s been pandering for years, like many Democrats, to black people, and their situation hasn’t changed whatsoever. That’s my take on it. I fail to see the racism in it. You have to really work hard to draw the conclusion that it’s racist.”

Donald Trump just announced he’ll be visiting Detroit Saturday, speaking to African American-owned Christian TV network “The Impact Network.”

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