Marc Lamont Hill: Jim Brown Loving Trump "Disturbing," Trump Dangles Black People Like "Puppets"

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Marc Lamont Hill said Jim Brown's comment that he "fell in love" after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday is "disturbing."

"For Donald Trump to have gone through -- to suggest that he's going through some admirable process is disturbing to me. So I don't have any admiration for Donald Trump or his process," Lamont Hill said to Don Lemon on Tuesday's broadcast of CNN Tonight.

"I don't have a problem with Jim Brown saying, look, we want to do urban development," Lamont Hill approved. "We want housing. We want to make demands of you, but to say you fell in love with Donald Trump or his platform or his campaign to me is disturbing."

Lamont Hill said Trump has a history of "dangling" black people around as "puppets or trinkets."

"They've watched a career of essentially dangling black people around as almost puppets or trinkets," Lamont Hill said of the American public.

"That's not to suggest that Donald Trump didn't have any real black friends," he said. "But when look at his political commitments and economic investments are, they don't suggest any kind of care for the black community."

DON LEMON: And we're back. Donald Trump made a lot of promises to black voters during the campaign. What happens now? So back with me, Tara Setmayer, Kierna Mayo, and Marc Lamont Hill.

We're done with Kanye right? Marc, NFL legend, Jim Brown stopped by Trump Tower today for meeting pegged as discussion about issues facing the African-American community. Although, Brown voted for Hillary Clinton, he said this is about Trump to CNN Brooke Baldwin. He said this about Trump. Listen.

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JIM BROWN, NFL LEGEND AND HALL OF FAMER: I fell in love with him because he really talks about helping African-American, black people. That's why I'm here. When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration, because no one gave him a chance.

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LEMON: Marc, what do you think?

MARC LAMONT HILL: I love Jim Brown, saw him earlier on CNN. I didn't know what he had said. I would have asked him. You know, I'm stunned to be honest. What Donald Trump went through to be president was to play on racial division, white supremacy and xenophobia.

For Donald Trump to have gone through -- to suggest that he's going through some admirable process is disturbing to me. So I don't have any admiration for Donald Trump or his process.

I don't have a problem with Jim Brown saying, look, we want to do urban development. We want housing. We want to make demands of you, but to say you fell in love with Donald Trump or his platform or his campaign to me is disturbing...

LEMON: Former NFL great, Ray Lewis was also at the meeting with Donald Trump. Here's what he had to say.

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RAY LEWIS, FORMER NFL GREAT: We believe with the Trump administration is if we can combine these two powers of coming together, forget black or white, it's irrelevant, bottom line is job creation, economic development and these urban neighborhoods to change the whole scheme of what our kids see for --

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LEMON: So both Lewis and Brown said that they had a fantastic meeting with Trump. Trump seems to be able to charm skeptics in private. Why does he have such a problem convincing many with his public persona? That's for you, Kierna. Go ahead, Marc.

HILL: Because they hear what he says, they watch what he's done. They watch how he essentially attempted to railroad the media the Central Park Five. They've watched this lack of philanthropy over the last few decades. They've watched a career of essentially dangling black people around as almost puppets or trinkets.

That's not to suggest that Donald Trump didn't have any real black friends. But when look at his political commitments and economic investments are, they don't suggest any kind of care for the black community.

And finally, when Ray Lewis says it's not about black or white, no, it is about black or white because the economic development that he's talking about, food and security, lack of housing, lack of access to shelter, lack of access to quality education.

When we talk about violence on the streets, all of these things are disproportionately happening to black folks. Social misery, black folks were at the top. Social prosperity, black folks were at the bottom. So no, it is absolutely about race.

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