Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Introduces Himself as Michael Jordan in Donald Trump Joke at DNC
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“Hello, everyone,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar addressed the crowd. “I’m Michael Jordan and I’m here with Hillary.”

“I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference,” the retired NBA star continued.

Abdul-Jabbar, who converted to Islam in 1974, took personal issue with Trump’s views on Muslims.

“Donald Trump’s idea to register Muslims and prevent them from entering our country is the very tyranny Jefferson abhorred,” he said, adding that discrimination is not a true value of today’s Americans.

“At its core, discrimination is the result of fear. Those who think Americans scare easily enough to abandon our country’s ideals in exchange for false sense of security underestimate our resolve.”

While Abdul-Jabbar’s brief speech started light-heartedly, the legendary basketball player later schooled Trump and his supporters in the history of this country’s religious freedoms, and had one final message for Trump and his plan for America. 

“Not here, not ever!”

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