Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan held a lengthy press conference on Nov. 16 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. — PHOTO by JEHRON MUHAMMAD

During his press conference billed as a message to President Donald Trump, Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan warned, “You won’t make America great again, not in our time,” referring to the president’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

“She became great killing Native Americans,” Farrakhan said. “She became great enslaving us, bringing us from Africa into America to work the cotton fields. You’re not going to get that opportunity back anymore.”

Speaking on Nov. 16 before a capacity crowd at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., Farrakhan warned the president that “the consequences of America’s evils overtime has fallen in your lap.”

During his two-hour message, Farrakhan recounted the policies of past presidents, including Bill Clinton, and the effects those policies on the Black community.

Farrakhan discussed the 42nd president’s get-tough-on-crime bill, which included provisions that would disproportionately affect Blacks, including denying federal financial education aid to former drug offenders and public housing based on arrest records, not convictions.

Farrakhan’s wide-ranging speech touched on race relations, relations between Muslims in the Middle East and discussed the Nation of Islam book: “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.” He called on Trump to “repent for all of the evils that America has done to us, to the peoples of the world.”

Farrakhan says when Trump talks about “fake news” he knows what he’s talking about.

“The press, you say you’re the Fourth of Estate, I would say your in a hell of a state,” said the minister, who has often been critical of the mainstream media.

Farrakhan then said to the journalist seated in front on him: “You can’t say what you know is the truth unless it passes the muster of those who are your bosses.”

During his speech, Farrakhan called Trump “transparent” and said “he is what he is.”

Many in the beginning hoped Trump would stop tweeting and become more presidential. They “wanted him to put on a suit and act dignified, like the thieves and robbers who dress in suits and tell lies,” Farrakhan said.

“He’s telling lies all right, and you’re angry because he’s your reflection” the Nation of Islam leader said. “He’s an anomaly. You can’t make him what you desire him to be so you can say, ‘That’s my president.’ He wasn’t made that way.”

During Farrakhan’s remarks concerning the Confederate flag and removing Confederate monuments, he said, “Black brothers and sisters, you’re so conscious now. You’re pulling down the Confederate flag … because that was the flag of the South in their break away rebellion against the North.”

Jehron Muhammad can be reached at @JehronMuhammad

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