*While plugging his scheduled Dec. 27 GOP debate on “Today” this morning, Donald Trump was asked what he thought about Newt Gingrich’s recent comments regarding poor children and his opinion that they lack proper work habits or any role models in their lives who put in an honest day’s work.

Trump said he agreed with Gingrich’s comments. “Maybe it wasn’t politically correct, but it happens to be the truth,” he told Matt Lauer. “I think one of the reasons he’s surging, I mean he’s like a rocket ship, is the fact that he says it like it is.”

When pressed by Lauer if he really believes the poor have no role models who work, Trump cited President Obama as the inner city’s lone role model, but “Unfortunately, he hasn’t turned out to be much of a role model.”

Other than the president, “No, they don’t have in many cases role models, Matt. It’s very sad,” said Trump. “They do not have role models. I know it’s not a popular statement, but it happens to be true.”

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network and anchor of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” has joined Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of National Action Network and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, in condemning Trump for his comments.

Both of the reverends are offering to take The Donald and Gingrich on a tour of Harlem or any other major city to show them a multiplicity of role models, including people that work every day, some working multiple jobs.

“I have known Donald Trump for many years and will not let the negligent statement he made on the “Today” show go unchallenged,” said Sharpton in a statement. “He needs to retract his comments immediately or we will organize direct action against him.”

According to Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson:  “I am appalled that a man in his position would make such an irresponsible and ignorant comment on a national forum and ignore the contrary fact that there is a plethora of black role models in this country. His insensitivity is what fosters negative imagery and the perpetuation of racism in this country.”

Watch Trump’s comments on the “Today” show below.

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