Donald Trump remains on top of the GOP polls, in spite of saying some of the most racist and sexist things we’ve heard from a mainstream presidential candidate in a long while.
Despite landing on the political radar for being one of President Obama’s biggest trolls, constantly demanding to see the president’s birth certificate, Trump has continued to get away with offensive remarks–and outright lies–throughout this entire campaign season. Now…he seems to be making a play for a key segment of the Black vote.
On Monday, Trump will meet with a coalition of Black ministers, for a televised event at Trump Towers. The group includes some of the country’s most well-known pastors, including Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Dr. Cindy Trimm, Pastor Riva Tims, and Dr. Mike Murdock. And while I hope these ministers call Trump out for his controversial comments, I fear this event will turn into just another photo-op meant to prove “the Blacks” are down with his campaign.
After all, it happened before.
Back in September, Trump met with a group of Black clergy members and the group laid hands on the candidate. In spite of Trump’s visible discomfort with the entire scene, Pastor Darrell Scott said the real estate magnate won them over.
“I think Donald Trump changed the opinions of the African American pastors that were in the room,” Scott said. “They saw a side of him outside of the media depiction, and that they would give strong consideration in regard to supporting his candidacy.”
How any Black faith leader could support a man who said a Black protester “deserved to get roughed up” during one of his rallies, and shared bogus statistics accusing Black folk of being homicidal (that he still refuses to take back), is beyond me.
But who knows; maybe God put it on their hearts to pray for Trump to get out the race. On second thought, I won’t hold my breath.