Today, presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to meet and be endorsed by one hundred (100) Black pastors. However, we have learned over the weekend that Mr. Trump exaggerated the endorsements in large measure. In fact, some of the pastors have come out publicly expressing their opposition to Donald Trump.
Bishop Paul Morton, a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, tweeted on Twitter, “I was asked to 2 meet with Mr. Trump too but I refused because until he learns how to respect people you can’t represent me thru my endorsement.”
Bishop Corletta Vaughn, the senior pastor at Holy Spirit Cathedral of Faith in Detroit, Michigan, posted to Facebook, “Let me be clear,” “I was invited to attend a gathering of clergy to listen to Mr. Trump on Monday November 30. I respectively declined as I do not support nor will endorse Donald Trump.”
Orrin Pulling, Sr., presiding pastor of United Nations International Church Fellowship, posted to Facebook on Saturday, “A local NBC News Crew just left my office inquiring about the Donald Trump Pastors meeting that will be held this Monday in New York City.” “I made it clear to them this meeting is NOT a TRUMP ENDORSEMENT, instead an opportunity to express my community’s issues and concerns in America.”
Bishop Wiley Jackson, founder of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia posted a YouTube video stating, “I want to address an upcoming meeting, now Pastor Jamal Bryant, made an assumption from a flyer . . . now I was asked to be of a coalition of African-American pastors, who were to meet with the presidential candidate Donald Trump by a friend, nowhere on the flyer does it mention an endorsement of Mr. Trump or any candidate for that matter.”
Bishop Hezekiah Walker, posted to Facebook a lengthy reason for not being able to attend the meeting with Mr. Trump this past Thursday which states in pertinent part, “Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the meeting because of an untimely tragic killing of one of our youth here in New York City and I must attend the funeral services. But please allow me to be honest, I’m heart broken at the negative comments and negative energy that I received through social media from my own people (The people of God). I concur with the words of Jesus… Have I been with you (My brethren of the faith) so long until you don’t know who I am? (John 14:9).” Bishop Hezekiah Walker said people were calling him to cancel previously arranged speaking engagements because of the meeting with Donald Trump which he could not attend.
Bishop Clarence McClendon of Los Angeles posted to Facebook, “I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from pulpitting courtjesters who suffer from intellectual and spiritual myopia.”
Bishop George G. Bloomer, senior pastor at Bethel Family Worship Center in Durham, North Carolina said in a press release Friday, “marketing by the Trump campaign” has misled people. “I have never publically endorsed a presidential candidate in the past, and it is unlikely I will do so in the future.”
Dr. Cindy Trimm, a motivational speaker and author from Georgia, posted to Facebook Saturday, “I have not yet endorsed any candidate for the presidency of the United States. I am attending this meeting for a greater cause – unity.”
Bishop Victor Couzens, a minister in Ohio, tweeted his reason for meeting with Mr. Trump is the “same reason early leaders met with oppressive voices. We can’t speak to the narrative from outside the room.”
It must be noted that Pastor Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, Ohio, organized the event which originally involved approximately 30 or 40 pastors who are Trump supporters and ready to endorse. With the permission of Donald Trump, Pastor Scott expanded the list to include the names of more than one hundred (100) pastors. However, Mr. Trump was not aware of the fact that the newly added pastors would not be endorsing him for President. Pastor Scott describes the publicized endorsements of Donald Trump on November 30, 2015, as a miscommunication.
Today on CNN at approximately 3:35 p.m. Pastor Scott said that over one hundred (100) pastors attended the meeting with Donald Trump and not one pastor said that they would not endorse Mr. Trump and that they were praying on it. However, Dr. Cindy Trimm said she they spoke about the racial slurs and the racial comments that Donald Trump has made was addressed head on. Meanwhile, in the background, Donald Trump and Pastor Darrell Scott appear to be plotting to remove Dr. Trimm from speaking in order to change the conversation.
Mr. Trump has stated that Muslims were in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. However, he has not been able to show any support for his divisive statement which tends to make Americans suspicious of Muslims.
Watching Donald Trump’s unwillingness to admit his wrongs is like watching an episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” hosted by Iyanla Vanzant, where the subject usually doesn’t want to take ownership of being wrong which is the first step toward doing the work to fix their life. An unforgiving presidential candidate has a character defect which she or he is required to have as President. Recent history has shown that our military can accidentally bomb a hospital; we need a President who can explain the wrong and tell America and the family members of the innocent victims that she or he is sorry that it happened. Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be that person and it’s rather disturbing.
There’s a very popular Jewish proverb which says, “A half-truth is a whole lie.” The Bible says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV).