Trump Says Black Pastors Likely Pressured Not to Endorse Him

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

9/11 Muslim remarks ‘hurt’ Trump.

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting with Trump because he believes all lives matter,’” Trump said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” referring to the movement protesting against police brutality and the killing of unarmed African-Americans. 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.

New York: Donald Trump on Sunday abruptly scrapped a news conference designed to showcase his support from black religious leaders, as African-American pastors lined up to deny they were willing to endorse the Republican front-runner.Washington – US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was “100 percent right” when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion. Many of the religious leaders invited to the meet-and-greet with Trump were surprised that the gathering was being advertised by his Republican presidential campaign as an endorsement.

It was an unusually public U-turn for the billionaire real-estate mogul, 69, whose controversial campaign last week invited the world’s media to Trump Tower in New York for a press conference on Monday. In a phone interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump said he has heard from “hundreds of people that agree” that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the September 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true. “I saw it. There, he would “be joined by a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP front-runner after a private meeting,” his campaign had said. So many people saw it,” said Trump, who, in the race for the November 2016 election, has been among the most vocal of the Republican candidates in expressing scepticism about Muslims in the United States. “So, why would I take it back? But on Sunday, the 2016 White House hopeful took to Twitter in customary bombastic style to confirm that the press event was off, even if the meeting — albeit with an unspecified number of pastors — was on. “Will be meeting on Monday at Trump Tower with a large group of African-American pastors.

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. His remarks have since been disputed by public officials and fellow Republican candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who said: “I think if it had happened, I would remember it.” The controversy could be starting to hurt Trump, who has dropped 12 percentage points in the polls in the past five days, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling of Republican voters nationally. After the meeting, Trump — who has courted controversy on a range of topics, notably his remarks about Mexican immigrants and his support for registering US Muslims — said he would travel to the southern US state of Georgia for “a big rally.” “I do not support nor will endorse Donald Trump,” wrote Corletta Vaughan, senior pastor at the Holy Ghost Full Gospel Cathedral in Detroit, on Facebook. “The meeting was presented not as a meeting to endorse but as a meeting to engage in dialogue,” he said in a statement, adding he had not made up his mind who to vote for in the 2016 election.

They accused him of “racially inaccurate, insensitive and incendiary rhetoric” that “brings out the worst sorts of white racist aggression,” in an open letter published by Ebony magazine. 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 retweeting an image of inaccurate statistics that vastly over-represented the number of whites killed by blacks, among other errors.

Trump will host an informational meet-and-greet with many members of the Coalition of African-American Ministers,” his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, wrote in an email. “This is not a press event, but a private meeting, after which, a number of attendees are expected to endorse Mr. Trump’s campaign for president.” Darrell Scott, the Ohio pastor who put together the event, insisted that was not the case; the original meeting was supposed to include about 40 people and grew because of interest, he said. 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).

Republican experts have warned that Trump could do lasting damage to the party and that his nomination in the primaries would essentially hand the presidency to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. 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. Trump who works for his company, rejected the idea that the meeting was simply for show or that he had been asked to “go get some black people for a publicity stunt.” And he expressed dismay at the negative reactions: “They said we’re Uncle Toms, sellouts, every derogatory black term you can think of they’re calling us that. 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.

Trump, whose language has become harsher in recent weeks, would hear some disappointment in the meeting with how he has addressed issues related to race. But the lead quoted a woman who rose to executive vice president as saying he pulled a “fat picture” of her out of his drawer when she did something he didn’t like. “He just is that way,” she said. 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).

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. 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. As the Washington Post reported, “More than a dozen interviews with high-profile GOP financiers revealed a pervasive confidence that the party’s rank-and-file voters will ultimately reject Trump’s brand of politics” — so there’s no need to put money behind a concerted effort to take him out. 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.

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