Singer Jermaine Jackson slammed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over his recent remarks about his brother, legendary singer Michael Jackson.
At CNN’s Republican presidential town hall in Columbia, South Carolina, Trump said he “knew the real story” of the King of Pop.
“I knew the real story of Michael Jackson. He was an unbelievably talented guy. He lost his confidence. And he lost tremendous confidence because of, honestly, bad, bad, bad surgery... And, you know, believe it or not, when you lose your confidence in something, you can even lose your talent,” Trump said.
Michael Jackson died at age 50 in 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by his private doctor, who served two years in jail for involuntary manslaughter.
Trump, 69, had said the singer was a “very good friend” who lived in his Trump Tower in New York City for a “long period of time”, reported E! online.
“He had people that did numbers on him that were just unbelievable, facially, and, you know, the plastic surgeons,” he added.
Jeramine took to Twitter to slam Trump’s comments, saying, “‘Friends’ don’t pay tribute by peddling b.s. theories about Michael’s ‘loss in confidence,’“ Jermaine, 61, tweeted.
'Friends' don't pay tribute by peddling b.s. theories about Michael's 'loss in confidence'. This fool Trump needs to sit down.— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) February 19, 2016
“This fool Trump needs to sit down. Michael’s confidence was affected by the pressures, injustice and vitriol of external circumstances. Period,” he said, adding, “Name-dropping Michael don’t make you cool and won’t win you votes. Especially when using botched facts.”
Name-dropping Michael don't make you cool and won't win you votes. Especially when using botched facts.— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) February 19, 2016
Trump has not responded to Jermaine.
The politician and real estate mogul, who is running for president for the first time, had also praised Michael in the past. In an essay he penned in Time magazine after the singer’s death, Trump called him a “very good friend,” a “genius” and “the greatest entertainer I’ve ever known.”