Many black pastors say meeting with Trump not an endorsement

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Donald Trump scraps endorsement event after black pastors object.

As Republicans watch Donald Trump lumber across their electoral landscape laying waste to their best-laid plans for 2016, the GOP has moved through the first few stages of grief. Many of the black evangelical leaders invited to a meet-and-greet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were surprised that the gathering was being advertised as an endorsement.Striding on stage to the triumphant strains of Nessun Dorma, Donald Trump has a surprisingly humble confession to make for someone defying all the laws of political gravity. “Unless we win, it doesn’t mean a damn thing,” the would-be Republican presidential nominee warns a campaign rally in South Carolina, despite finishing his fourth month in a row at the top of the polls – even given a drop of 12 points after his latest controversial comments. “I want to pick my date for the election.The GOP is fearful that, if the extremist billionaire wins its presidential nomination, Democrat Hillary Clinton’s election to the White House will become inevitable, writes Bette Browne A ‘Dump Trump’ heave is underway among US Republicans to knock billionaire Donald Trump off his perch in the White House race, but they may have kept their powder dry too long.

After they objected, the Trump campaign decided to keep the meeting private and quietly cancel a press conference meant to announce their support. “It’s a miscommunication,” said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who helped to organize the meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon in New York — one of several Trump has convened in recent months with black religious leaders. I want it next Tuesday,” he confides to an 11 000-strong crowd typical of the grassroots support that needs to flourish well into March for him to win the Republican nomination, let alone November’s general election.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that Trump would still be holding a private meeting with the group Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia. Such moments of self-doubt are fleeting, however, quickly replaced by the now familiar bombast of a billionaire whose status as a “winner” has become his defining policy platform.

Trump is not the only one beginning to wonder whether this improbable campaign can confound the pundits and go the distance, particularly after a burst of recent controversy only seemed to cement his polling lead over his bewildered rivals. There’s a flagpole with a plaque, between the 14th hole and 15th tee, that refers to “The River of Blood” because of Civil War casualties. “No. First there was the time he outraged prisoners of war by doubting the heroism of Vietnam veteran John McCain, because he allowed himself to be captured.

A Reuters poll less than a week after the attacks asked voters which of the 14 Republican candidates was best suited to deal with the threat of terrorism, and 36% opted for Trump. If POWs, Fox News and women were not enemies enough, Trump has also accused Mexican immigrants to the US of being rapists; claimed that a Black Lives Matter protester who was violently ejected from a rally deserved to be “roughed up”; appeared to mock a New York Times journalist for his disability and then accused the journalist of “grandstanding” on that disability in his response; falsely accused Muslim Americans of cheering on the 9/11 attackers; and agreed with suggestions that all such Muslims should have their names tracked on a database. Trump said after the incident, “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” Trump also drew criticism recently for re-tweeting an image of inaccurate statistics that vastly over-represented the number of whites killed by blacks, among other errors. And just as critics began to argue that such comments about Muslims were brutal, racist demagoguery verging on fascism, Trump’s Twitter account recirculated racially charged but falsified crime statistics from an actual Nazi sympathiser.

But in the wake of the Islamic State (IS) attacks on Paris, he has supported setting up a database for tracking American Muslims, though he has since backtracked somewhat. They argued that he had supported liberal policies in the past (even said nice things about single-payer health coverage!), so he wasn’t a real Republican. Instead of denouncing this, Republican leaders were either silent or timid in their responses, leading The Washington Post to brand them cowards: “Republican leaders look away. Some rivals still hope that eventually even Trump’s supporters will tire of what critics view as his relentless attacks on minorities in particular. Ohio governor John Kasich, for example, is running attack ads drawing inspiration from anti-Nazi Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, whose updated refrain might begin: “First they came for the Mexicans …” “He is an egomaniac, he’s a narcissist, he’s not a conservative, he’s not a liberal, he believes in himself,” former presidential rival Bobby Jindal told the Guardian shortly before dropping out of the race. “He’s not reflective of a coherent ideology, he’s for himself.

John Kasich aired an ad tying Trump’s attacks on various minority groups to persecution by the Nazis, echoing what many commentators said about the whiff of fascism hovering around Trump’s statements on American Muslims (only the latest group he has attacked). He took Reagan’s slogan about making America great again, [but] he’s about making Donald Trump.” Trump, though, seems to prefer the famous political dictum: “Never apologise.

To which the infinitely thin-skinned Trump responds that if if he isn’t “treated fairly” by the party, he might just mount a third-party run and guarantee a Republican loss in 2016. Just get the thing done and let them howl.” He revels in his poll lead over Kasich and Bush in their home states as if that is all the answer that is needed. Nor are Democrats shy of jumping on the bandwagon — as evidenced by their vote in Congress, backing a Republican measure to restrict the arrival of refugees. Post fashion critic Robin Givhan skewers him for looking “more like an ordinary, angry middle-management guy,” with a tie that (gasp) hangs a little too far below his belt: “His suits — he has leaned towards Brioni over the years — are cut from conservative but quality fabric yet lack an attention to fit. So, with Iowa’s first-in-the-nation vote to choose the party’s presidential candidate just eight weeks away, some are taking matters into their own hands to halt the Trump juggernaut.

So much so that they look cheap — or more diplomatically, they look a lot like the mass-market suits that bore his name and were once sold at Macy’s.” In a more upbeat vein, the Post quoted a number of women who worked for Trump’s business as saying he treated them well and gave them opportunities. As he delights in telling his supporters, the three issues he rails against most – immigration reform, free trade deals and Barack Obama’s national security policy – have become perhaps the defining issues of the election. “Who’s going to be best?

The Trumpian denial: “Totally false and ridiculous.” And this was meant to be a positive piece (though another woman said he made sexist comments but she liked him anyway). Trump, Trump, Trump,” he bragged, to an answering chant from supporters that did nothing to dispel the fascistic overtones of Tuesday’s rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

So it’s fortunate we have Men’s Health magazine to publish this analysis: “The Real Truth About Donald Trump’s Hair.” (“We’re asking out of sincere, unironic curiosity.”) The magazine isn’t alone: just Google it. A very tall wall, taller than that ceiling” – might sound unrealistic, but they have arguably destroyed the campaign hopes of Bush, who favours immigration reform. And you better hope that there’s someone left to help you.” The video appeared a day after the pro-Kasich super-PAC (political action committee) New Day for America released an ad mocking Trump’s “greatest hits,” focusing on his controversial remarks.

For starters, there is strong evidence that simple polls this far away from election day can be an average of eight percentage points out, simply because most people have not made up their mind. But immediately after his announcement, while Trump’s support had climbed to 11%, the media was dedicating 20% to 30% of candidacy headlines to one candidate. Polls that just ask whether people think Trump is likely to win, rather than whether they would actually vote for him, again show the gap between expectations and reality.

Trump says she loves most…For a time, her 51,600 Twitter followers were allowed a rare window into her honeyed but seemingly isolated life in the form of regular Twitter posts featuring selfies of her beauty rituals, private jet rides and bikini body.” A correction acknowledged no fewer than six mistakes—and that doesn’t count the paper’s online removal of a “crotch selfie,” a close-up shot embedded in a tweet of Melania’s skimpy bikini bottom. Maybe he does have a ceiling of 30 percent or so of the party (around where he is now in the polls), and if that’s true, what Republicans need is an alternative.

A survey from Pew Research conducted at the end of September provided more detail about who those individuals are: they are likely to be less educated and less affluent compared to the support base of other candidates. Mair, a former online communications director at the Republican National Committee, has formed Trump Card LLC “to defeat and destroy” his candidacy, according to a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal. “The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president.” Trump’s opponents have also tried to bar him from competing in the February 9 primary in New Hampshire. But the more detailed the demographic data, the less reliable it is, given that pollsters are struggling to find representative samples of Americans to talk to them.

While a poll on Friday showed his lead among Republicans dropping from 43% to 31%, it may be fanciful to think his candidacy can be derailed, since he has clearly built himself a strong support base on the far right of American politics. There is another cognitive bias, one called “the curse of knowledge”, whereby better informed people find it difficult to view problems from the perspective of others who don’t have the same information.

Polling experts believe this to be unlikely, as it is hard to imagine anyone doing Trump better than Trump, let alone anyone doing Trump without sacrificing their own support. A far more likely outcome is that Trump’s base remains solid but his relative lead slowly declines as voters coalesce around candidates such Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. Insiders will become clearer frontrunners and the outsiders will fall behind once the excitement of Iowa or New Hampshire fades, perhaps leaving the real-estate mogul from New York looking as forgotten as winners in these early states in past elections, from Pat Robertson in 1988 to Mike Huckabee in 2008.

So the party’s only hope is that the seven out of 10 potential primary voters not currently behind Trump find their way to somebody else who can accumulate enough delegates to wrest the nomination from him. Those party bigwigs may be able to help that person, but it won’t be by holding 100 more focus groups to figure out what turns voters away from Trump. In this case it requires people who cherish their own power and influence to acknowledge that they’re powerless in the face of the bizarre and terrifying monster that is the Donald Trump campaign. Deace, a vocal supporter of Cruz, compared Trump to former Texas congressman Ron Paul in that both candidates had “a high floor and a low ceiling”.

Trump’s antics are “both a good and a bad thing”, he argued. “On one hand, it produces a loyal following that is attracted to that persona which will not leave you. On the other hand, it limits your ability to grow beyond that.” “He has stable base of support but he can’t expand it and his state polls are not that good,” the strategist said. “I think frankly this harms him from being able to expand his support.” And even if Trump’s comments don’t impact his campaign’s fortunes, they could hurt the Republican Party as a whole. Ashley Bell, a prominent black Republican who chairs the 20/20 Leaders of America, a group which promotes criminal justice reform on a bipartisan basis, said Trump had already gone “too far to be considered someone that the party can get behind and lead this party with a bigger tent than today”. Top Republican pollster Frank Luntz suggests that, at this point, the only thing which could hurt Trump is if he is “shown to have hurt people who have worked for him … but his comments, as radical as they may be, won’t have much of an impact since the people supporting him agree with him”. He’s saying what no politician would say and that’s another reason that they like him.” “I like the way he speaks,” said Sandra Murray of Dubuque, Iowa. “He speaks the truth, he speaks what people need to hear.

This country is a huge mess and we need to get out of this and honestly he could be the man to do it.” “Oh, I wish I had big nuts like him,” said Dino Rossi of Newton, Massachusetts. “He’s not afraid of anybody or anything, that’s pretty cool.” – © Guardian News & Media 2015

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