Oooh, the race card.  How original.

Over the weekend Harry Belafonte voiced his support of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio by introducing him at a church in Harlem.  Belafonte took the opportunity to rip a favorite liberal punching bag, the Koch brothers, comparing the conservative duos heart’s and minds to “those who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan.”

Via Politicker:

One of Bill de Blasio’s most prominent backers today equated the Koch brothers with the Ku Klux Klan while introducing the mayoral front-runner at a church in Harlem.

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Harry Belafonte, who has appeared multiple times at Mr. de Blasio’s side during the race’s final stretch, was speaking to the enthusiastic crowd at the First Corinthian Baptist Church about the struggles facing the city and nation during when he came to a section about the influence of money on politics.

“Already, we have lost 14 states in this union to the most corrupt group of citizens I’ve ever known,” he said near the end of his speech. “They make up the heart and the thinking in the mind of those who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan. They are white supremacists. They are men of evil. They have names. They are flooding our country with money. They’ve come into New York City … The Koch brothers, that’s their name,” he said, adding, “They must be stopped.”

Rather than immediately distancing himself from the race-baiting comments, De Blasio instead greeted Belafonte with a big hug and told the crowd that “he is a treasure to our nation.”

It was only after being confronted by reporters after the event that the Democrat began to ‘disagree with the characterization.’  Which is liberal-speak for ‘I completely agree with the sentiment, but would have chosen different words.’