Adams State Senate Elects Conrad Tillard Has A History Of Bigoted Comments

Mayor Eric Adams’ choice to eliminate Socialist state Senator Jabari Brisport in next week’s primary sought to distance himself on Wednesday from a history of bigoted remarks — including calling Jews “leeches” and comparing leaders of the Democratic Party with slave traders.

The Rev. Conrad Tillard, who won Adams’s endorsement earlier this week and has financial backing from key Democratic power brokers, said in a statement Wednesday that “those decades-old comments don’t define the man I am today.”

“My life has changed a lot in the past 25 years,” Tillard added. “I have earned multiple theological degrees, have returned to the Christian faith of my youth, and have worked diligently to make amends for past words and deeds that have caused harm.”

Rev.  Conrad Tillard
Conrad Tillard said in a statement Wednesday that “those decades-old comments don’t define the man I am today.”
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Originally from Missouri, Tillard joined the Nation of Islam as a young man and took the name Conrad Muhammad. In 2002, NY Press reported that he had been cited by the Anti-Defamation League six years earlier for calling Christianity a “dirty religion” and belittling the Jewish people as “leeches.”

The same publication quoted him as saying, “Our political leaders essentially have a vested interest in delivering black bodies to the Democratic Party. Almost like slave trade.”

A 2003 report on Tillard by the New York Times noted that he “often echoed the view of some members of the Nation that the “white man was the devil” before leaving the group, entering graduate school, and embarking on a career as a widely respected minister often quoted by the media on issues affecting the black community.

In 2005, Tillard told the website BlackElectorate.com, “I am absolutely against same-sex marriage. As a preacher of the gospel, it is not biblical,” before adding, “I am not judging anyone.” In the same interview, Tillard said, “I don’t believe in abortion.”

“These comments are deeply hurtful and insulting to all New Yorkers who reject anti-Semitism, anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry and extremist anti-choice rhetoric,” Senator Anna Kaplan, a Jewish politician originally from Iran, told The Post on Wednesday.

“Anyone who has supported this man should be ashamed of themselves,” Brisport Senator Julia Salazar tweeted on Tuesday.

“A lot of very powerful people want to see him elected because they know he will stand behind them and not our incredibly diverse district,” Brisport himself said of Tillard in a statement. “I hope everyone recognizes the stakes of this election before it’s too late to vote.”

Rev.  Conrad Tillard endorsement by Eric Adams
Reverend Conrad Tillard won Eric Adams’s endorsement earlier this week and has financial backing from key Democratic power brokers.
Facebook/Conrad Bennette Tillard

Adams has supported Tillard as part of his larger war against political leftists such as Brisport and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who Adams believes have gone too far by supporting controversial ideas such as relieving the police burden and decriminalizing prostitution.

“I absolutely disagree with those comments, but I believe Reverend Tillard today is very different from the man who said these things decades ago,” Adams said in a statement. “Since then, Rev. Tillard has been a minister and pastor of prominent churches.”

Big Democratic names such as state party chairman Jay Jacobs and NAACP conference chairman Hazel Dukes have joined the fray in recent days, contributing $7,500 and $250 respectively to Tillard’s campaign, according to a new report. the files.

Republicans are not expected to stand a chance in the November general election regardless of who wins the August 23 primaries to represent the state’s 25 Senate District, which includes the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Clinton Hill, as well as portions of Prospect Heights, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Ocean Hill.

According to an analysis by the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Urban Research, only 5.3% of district voters supported former President Donald Trump against Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

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