Over the last week, Donald Trump’s campaign has been promoting the fact that he was set to meet with a group of over 100 African-American pastors who were allegedly set to endorse him. The announcement was apparently news to the group of pastors who responded by criticizing the Republican presidential front runner.
Looking to gain some traction with potential African-American voters, the Trump campaign sent out a press release earlier this week with the hope that it would make some noise with black voters. “A coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders will endorse the GOP front runner after a private meeting at Trump Tower,” the campaign said. As CNN reported on Nov. 29, Trump’s plans will not go according to plan.
Pushing back at the claim that they would endorse Trump for president, the black leaders who were scheduled to meet the former host of “The Apprentice” are firing back. “I was asked 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 Paul S. Morton of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship tweeted out to his followers. Senior Pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral Bishop Corletta Vaughn, also the star of “Preachers of Detroit,” referred to Trump as an “insult” and an “embarrassment.”
“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.”
After continuous backlash from African-American leaders and members of the Black Lives Matter movement, the campaign officially canceled the meeting. Despite polling well in the Republican primary, Trump has struggled with the African-American community. In a Quinnipiac University poll released at the end of summer, Trump polled with less than 10 percent support when matched up in a hypothetical election with a Democratic challenger.