GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that he was being endorsed by a group of African-American pastors that was scheduled to meet with him at Trump Tower, according to ABC News on Monday. On the show, “Morning Joe,” Trump claimed that he was told that the pastors were endorsing him. Trump said that he believed that the pastors received a “backlash” from people who objected to the meeting.
The meeting was scheduled to take place today at Trump’s infamous New York City office building. However, over 100 African-American leaders sent an open letter to the pastors asking them to consider Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. In the Open Letter, the African-American leaders referred to Trump’s rhetoric as “overtly divisive and racist.”
Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson stated that the Trump campaign still wants to “have the meeting.” However, the campaign has decided to close the meeting to the public.
And so here is the synopsis in a nutshell:
1) Trump, who claims to be a self-funding, transparent candidate, is having a closed meeting with African-American pastors who do not endorse him.
2) Trump, who is accustomed to marching back and forth and waving his arms in front of a supportive audience, will not allow cameras or reporters at his meeting with African-American pastors.
3) Trump figures that the closed door meeting will provide him with good practice for closing his White House press conferences to the press and the media.
4) Autographed “selfies” will be distributed to the closed out media by Pierson as they stand at the door of the locked White House Briefing Room.