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Rev. Jesse Jackson stops in Louisville, answers infamous question from Donald Trump

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Civil Rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson made a stop in Louisville on Wednesday, appearing at the Simmons College of Kentucky West Louisville Forum.

And he specifically answered a controversial question that presidential candidate Donald Trump presented to black voters earlier this year.

Before a packed house at St. Stephen Baptist Church in west Louisville, Rev. Jackson had a message and history lesson for the crowd.

"On Nov. 8, there will be a 100 percent voter turnout," he said. "Those who vote will vote, and those who don't vote will vote."

On the stage with Simmons' President Dr. Kevin Cosby, the civil rights icon answered the infamous question republican presidential candidate Donald Trump presented to black voters earlier this year.

M"You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs," Trump said at a rally this summer. "Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?"

"That's almost like people who don't go to church trying to tell people who are in church how to behave," Rev. Jackson said Wednesday.

"He realizes that he can't win without the black vote," President Cosby added.

"We have affordable healthcare to lose," Rev. Jackson said. "He said his first act to do would be to cut affordable healthcare for 20 million Americans. We have student load debt that must be relieved to lose."

The crowd included a handful of local politicians like Mayor Greg Fischer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Metro Councilman David Tandy.

"Jesse was there when ML was killed," Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott said.

And Louisville civil rights legend, Dr. Charles Elliott, who marched with Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement.

Dr. Elliott also serenaded his old friend with a birthday solute.

Rev. Jackson was the guest speaker for Wednesday night bible study at St. Stephen Baptist Church.

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