Black Religious Leaders Are Saying No to Endorsing Trump

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Sunday, November 29th, 2015, 7:55 am

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It turns out that when Trump said 100 black religious leaders would endorse him Monday, what they meant was that they wanted him to meet with them to engage in dialog. Dialog and Donald Trump? That isn’t how The Donald works. He talks; you listen. But dialog?

Trump’s press release had mentioned “a coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP frontrunner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”

And Breitbart had reported Friday that “Trump has held several meetings with evangelical Christians during his presidential campaign.”

One of the people who was impressed with Trump after meeting him was Darrell Scott, pastor of the New Spirit Revival Center in Ohio. Scott helped organize the coalition of black leaders who are expected to meet with Trump Monday.

Scott apparently didn’t do his homework, or Trump wasn’t listening. Somewhere, somehow, there was a disconnect. Trump did get a couple of endorsements. Scott, of course, and the Wall Street Journal offered another name Friday, Pastor Mark Burns of South Carolina, whose reasons, apparently come down to the fact that “He says Merry Christmas and not Merry Xmas.”

Oh wow. Well…

That’s not enough for most black religious leaders, apparently. CNN was one of those outlets quick to report that Trump had spoken out of turn. Because several pastors now have said that was never in the books. For example, Bishop Clarence McClendon of Los Angeles and star of his own reality show, “The Preachers of L.A.” posted on Facebook that “The meeting was presented not as a meeting to endorse but a meeting to engage in dialogue”:

Bishop McClendon was INVITED to attend Monday’s meeting and his name was used as an invitee, but had made no plans to attend the meeting and indeed will NOT be in attendance. The meeting was presented not as a meeting to endorse but as a meeting to engage in dialogue.

He does believe that African American spiritual leaders should be listening and engaging in dialogue with any candidate who is currently, based on the polls, exhibiting a real potential for occupying the Oval Office.

Bishop McClendon has NOT made up his mind for whom he will vote in the upcoming election and had previously determined that he would not make any decision until after January 2016. He exhorts all serious minded believers to not vote on allegiance to any political party but on the basis of the Judeo-Christian ethic and their spiritually inspired conscience.

Bishop Paul S. Morton tweeted Friday,

Facebook was also the medium chosen by Bishop Corletta Vaughn, who is not only Senior Pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral but also a star of the Oxygen reality series “Preachers of Detroit,” and she was abrupt and to the point when she wrote, “Trump is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become”:

Trump is an insult and embarrassment.. But he represents the country we have become.

ZERO experience.. Flaunting a ticket of unbridled bigotry, sexism, racism and everything that is wrong with America.

Carry on!

Trump, meanwhile, is left to bluster and shake his little fist at CNN for treating him unfairly, tweeting,


The media exists for Donald Trump as a propaganda arm of his campaign or they are his enemies – the old fascist “with me or against me” routine. You say what he wants you to say but gods forbid you think for yourself or ask untoward questions of the great and mighty Donald in his tower of power.

The truth is, this is what you see from Trump supporters, and on his Twitter feed:

I submit to you he is not going to draw a lot of black support with this “white genocide” nonsense.

We will find out tomorrow at 1 PM ET if any black religious leaders show up to endorse Donald Trump. Anything less than 100 and Donald Trump is just guilty of doing some Republican math. They all do it, and we expect it at this point, just as we expect the media to be blamed every time a Republican candidate lies, because, you know, the media recorded the conversation or filmed the candidate telling his or her lies and then, you know, quoted the candidate.

The problem, however, isn’t the media putting a hit on Trump, but Trump attempting to put a hit on reality – and failing. Even Trump’s money can’t buy you facts, though lies apparently come pretty cheap for Donald Trump. He just has to open his mouth.

Black Religious Leaders Are Saying No to Endorsing Trump was written by Hrafnkell Haraldsson for PoliticusUSA.
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