Adams State Senate Elector Conrad Tillard has a history of bigoted remarks

Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to eliminate Socialist state senator Jabari Brisport in next week’s primary attempted to distance himself Wednesday from a history of bigoted speech — including labeling Jews “bloodsuckers” and comparing Democratic Party leaders to slavers.

Rev. Conrad Tillard, who won Adams’ support earlier this week and has financial backing from key Democratic leaders, said in a statement Wednesday that “these decades-old pronouncements do not define the man I am today.”

“My life has changed tremendously in the last 25 years,” added Tillard. “I earned several theological degrees, returned to the Christian faith of my youth, and worked diligently to undo past words and deeds that did harm.”

Rev. Conrad Tillard
Conrad Tillard said in a statement Wednesday that “these decades-old utterances do not define the man I am today.”
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Tillard, originally from Missouri, joined the Nation of Islam as a young man and took the name Conrad Muhammad. In 2002, NY Press reported that six years earlier he had been quoted by the Anti-Defamation League as calling Christianity a “filthy religion” and denigrating Jews as “bloodsuckers.”

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

A 2003 New York Times report on Tillard noted that he “often repeated the view of some members of the nation that the ‘white man is the devil'” before leaving the group, attending graduate school and pursuing a career began as a widely respected minister who is often quoted by the media on issues affecting the black community.

In 2005, Tillard told website, “I’m absolutely against same-sex marriage, as a minister of the gospel it’s not biblical,” before adding, “I don’t judge anyone.” In the same interview, Tillard said, “I don’t believe in it Abortion.”

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

“Anyone who supported this guy should be ashamed,” Brisport’s Social Democrat Senator Julia Salazar tweeted Tuesday.

“A lot of very powerful people want him elected because they know he stands by them and not by our incredibly diverse district,” Brisport himself said in a statement about Tillard. “I hope everyone realizes the importance of this election before it’s too late and votes.”

Rev. Conrad Tillard Confirmed by Eric Adams
Rev. Conrad Tillard gained the endorsement of Eric Adams earlier this week and has financial backing from key Democratic powerbrokers.
Facebook/Conrad Bennette Tillard

Adams has backed Tillard as part of his larger war against political leftists like Brisport and US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who Adams says have gone too far by promoting controversial ideas like police defunding and decriminalizing the supported prostitution.

“I totally disagree with those statements, but I believe that the Rev. Tillard of 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 in prominent churches.”

Big Democratic names like State party leader Jay Jacobs and NAACP conference president Hazel Dukes have joined the fray in recent days, drawing 7,500 and 7,500 respectively.

Republicans are expected to stand no chance in the November general election no matter who wins the Aug. 23 primary to represent the state’s Senate District 25, which includes the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Clinton Hill, and portions of Prospect Heights, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant belong and Ocean Hill.

According to an analysis by the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, only 5.3% of district voters backed President Donald Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Adams State Senate Elector Conrad Tillard has a history of bigoted remarks


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