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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star.

“It’s a miscommunication,” said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who has helped to arrange meetings between Trump and black pastors in recent months. Trump’s campaign “thought it was going to be a press conference for an endorsement when it wasn’t,” Scott said Sunday in an interview.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that Trump would still be holding a private meeting with the group on Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia. She did not respond to additional questions about the cancellation.

Trump has been courting the support of evangelical black clergy members as he works to broaden his appeal in a crowded Republican field. He has held several meetings with pastors from across the country in recent months.

His campaign issued a press release last week that read: “Mr. Trump will 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 at Trump Tower.”

Scott estimated that more than 100 preachers would nonetheless be meeting with Trump on Monday, despite criticism in an open letter in Ebony magazine from more than 100 black religious leaders.

In the letter, the group wrote that “Trump’s racially inaccurate, insensitive and incendiary rhetoric should give those charged with the care of the spirits and souls of black people great pause.” They also expressed concern that the meeting on Monday would “give Trump the appearance of legitimacy among those who follow your leadership and respect your position as clergy.”

Earlier this month, a black protester was roughed up by Trump supporters at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama. 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.

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9 thoughts on “Trumped: Donald Trump Cancels Press Conference With Black Pastors When Endorsements Don’t Happen

  1. You have the black republicans trying to convince our people to support the republican party look what they did to Michael Steele they didn’t even want him to represent them, but they think all black people are stupid. I have no respect for a black republican period it doesn’t matter who they are

  2. Look at this fool. Does he even look presidential. Let alone what he says with his ignorant comments every time he open his bigoted mouth

  3. Bump*—-I remember good ole Elvis which is why I could not stand his azz.

    Yep-this country seems to be going backwards instead of going forwards.
    If dumb Trump were to be elected as President, people of color would no doubt catch hell.

    Trump and his constituents wish to “take this country back”–BACK TO SLAVERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Timekeeeper on said:

    Wow, this is so funny. Trump is like the 10 year old kid who cries and then takes his ball home because he didn’t get to play. What he wanted was a photo opp and a feigned endorsement he could then use at a later time to suggest that people of color like him. Once he realized they were only going to be there to question his bigoted behind he quickly withdrew. And this from the man who says he will stand up to Putin, to ISIS, etc. Yet, he cannot stand up to these men. What a blowhard. Reminds me of the bully coach in the movie “Revenge of the Nerds who wants to beat up on everybody until the brothers (led by Bernie Casey) show up.
    He shrivels up like a frightened turtle whenever he is challenged and has the juvenile mentality of a child. But then again, so do the thousands of people who continue to support him. They too, reflect the kneejerk, playground , take our country back, er, uh, I mean take the ball and go home mentality which he represents.

  5. redbone1954 on said:

    No one with half a brain should be listening to this clown. He will do nothing for the poor or any minority people in this country. This is a rich man who will only help the rich in this country

  6. LOL Linda

    This this article sounds like something I remember from a long time ago. And that was hearing of one Elvis Presely say “all n****grs can do is shine my shoes and buy my records”. Umm once again – the more things change the more they stay the same.

  7. F__k TRUMP!!!!!—-Any person of color that would vote for him-needs to have their head examined.
    This POS could care less about African-Americans and from the rhetoric and hatred he has been spewing this-is obvious!!!!!!!!!

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