National Review: Trump Was Big Donor, Did Favors For Sharpton
They are bitter political rivals today, but GOP front-runner Donald Trump once donated thousands of dollars to the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Youth Movement and did personal favors for him, National Review reports.
The pair's relationship appears to have begun in the late 1980s when Trump was trying to increase interest in his Atlantic City businesses. The two were introduced by boxing promoter Don King.
"I wanted Sharpton to meet this guy because he was a giant in the business community and a giant in the human community," King told National Review. "Trump was a white ally — and he was one of distinction and renown in the business world."