During a Thursday speech at the Haitian migrant encampment located in the border town of Del Rio, Texas, Al Sharpton was met with a rather hostile response. Various protestors drowned out Sharpton’s speech by loudly accusing him of hijacking the border crisis in order to fuel racial tension.
Sharpton toured the migrant encampment along the Southern Border in Del Rio in order to “meet and pray with refugees in the wake of the humanitarian crisis,” according to a press release from the National Action Network (NAN), a civil rights organization founded by Sharpton in 1991.
Sharpton toured the encampment with Bruno Lozano, the Democratic Del Rio Mayor, and he held a press conference afterwards wherein he levied serious accusations against Border Patrol agents, including the use of practices from the slavery era. However, Sharpton’s remarks were met with furious pushback from protestors, who labeled him “a racist” and “a disgrace.”
Protestors also hurled legitimate inquiries at Sharpton, including, “How much money are you making out of this?” and “Why are you stoking racism where it doesn’t exist?”
Another protestor informed Sharpton that Del Rio, Texas is not “racist,” and that the city features “a loving, caring community.”
“We don’t want your racism in Texas,” the protestor continued, “Get out of here! Nobody wants to hear your racist nonsense [here]!”
Kelsey French, the wife of a Border Patrol agent, also noted that Sharpton’s presence was unpopular because of his tendency to incite “violence and riots,” as well as his anti-police stance.
“Our community is very [pro-law enforcement],” French continued, adding that Del Rio residents support officers “in the green and the blue and every color they wear.”
For this reason, Del Rio residents do not want Sharpton and “his trouble” present.
On his part, Sharpton blasted the protestors as “Trump supporters,” as well as “right-wingers” who are free to “scream all they want.” Ironically, he demanded an investigation into someone who accused him of being “a race-baiter.”
During an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday morning, Sharpton stated his intentions to find out the truth underlying various controversial photos that have been highly publicized. Some leftist lawmakers claim that the photos depict Border Patrol agents whipping migrants; however, the agents did not have whips.
Even though DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, along with Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, stated that the border officials never use whips, Jen Psaki recently announced that the Biden administration has prohibited the use of horses by Border Patrol agents.