Most Blacks Reject Pastors Who Answered Call of Donald Trump

December 1, 2015

Staff Report

Pastor Darrell Scott speaks to press after meeting with Trump.

Pastor Darrell Scott speaks to press after meeting with Trump.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign circulated a flyer on social media claiming that several Black Pastors would meet with and endorse him in New York last month.
Touted to media outlets as “a coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP frontrunner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”
The flyer listed the name of several nationally known Black pastors who soon realized they were being used in a publicity stunt.
The public disapproval was immediate as social media users bombarded the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the named pastors, imploring them to reject the meeting.
The majority of invited Black ministers who were scheduled to meet with Donald Trump took to social media to make clear that they made no commitments to endorse the real estate mogul, turned reality tv star, turned politician, by making public declarations of non-endorsement.
Atlanta pastor Bishop Paul S. Morton took to Twitter to share that he was invited to the meeting with Trump, but declined to endorse the candidate “until he learns how to respect people.” He also referred to Trump as “arrogant” and “degrading.”
The pastors’ meeting was going to be livestreamed and open to press, but the Trump campaign clamped down following widespread backlash from others in the black faith community.
Pastor Darrell Scott organized the pastors meeting in New York City with Donald Trump. He’s been quoted as saying this was the third time he and other pastors have met with Trump.
Rev. Jamal Bryant said that the pastors meeting with Trump was comparable to someone enlisting the services of a prostitute.
During an appearance on CNN, Bryant argued with one of the ministers at the meeting, Pastor James Davis, telling him that he should feel like a pawn. Adding insult to injury, Bryant took it a step further by labeling the pastors who met with Trump as prostitutes but with a slight twist.
“I want to apologize, because prostitutes get money. And the 100 that went in there walked away with nothing, they did it for free,” Bryant said.
“So there’s another word for that, and I would not use that language on a family channel,” he added.
The racial aspect of Trump’s views was the focus of a letter published by Ebony magazine in which more than 100 Black religious leaders wrote that “Trump’s racially inaccurate, insensitive and incendiary rhetoric should give those charged with the care of the spirits and souls of black people great pause.”
The leaders went on to voice that the closed door meeting held with the Presidential hopeful would “give Trump the appearance of legitimacy among those who follow your leadership and respect your position as clergy.”
Bishop Clarence McClendon, a Los Angeles-based minister who was invited to the Monday meeting with clergy, posted to Facebook after the Trump campaign announced the coming endorsements.
“I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from pulpitting court jesters who suffer from intellectual and spiritual myopia,” he wrote.

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