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07/28/2016 09:40 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Introduces Himself As Michael Jordan Because Trump Couldn't Tell The Difference Anyway

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivered one of the Democratic National Convention’s best jabs at Donald Trump, succinctly skewering the GOP nominee’s bigotry with a joke invoking another famous basketball player. 

Abdul-Jabbar made a brief appearance at the convention Thursday evening to introduce the father of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, one of 14 American Muslims who has died serving in the military since 9/11. 

“I’m Michael Jordan, and I’m here with Hillary,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.” 

Abdul-Jabbar, who was named U.S. cultural ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012, detailed how Khan’s story stands in direct contrast to Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. 

“At its core, discrimination is a result of fear,” he said. “Those who think Americans scare easily enough to abandon the country’s ideals in exchange for a false sense of security underestimate our resolve. To them, we say only this: Not here, not ever.”

Watch the clip above.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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