The group of black pastors who were invited to meet with Donald Trump on Monday (Dec. 1) are reportedly divided over their support of Trump.
Politico.com reports that there was a miscommunication within Trump’s campaign. The campaign had billed Trump’s meeting with the coalition of about 100 African-American pastors as an official endorsement of Trump, only to discover that at least not all the pastors intended on endorsing him.
To ease the confusion, the Trump campaign cancelled the public press conference that was to follow the meeting.
Darrell Scott, the unofficial liaison to the black evangelical community for Trump’s campaign, said that black evangelicals who support Trump have been heavily criticized by others in their community.
“We’ve been called Uncle Toms, sellouts, coons … We have preachers calling us ‘prostitutes on a pole,’” stated Scott.
African-American evangelicals aren’t the only ones who are hesitant to support Trump.
According to The Daily Caller, a Quinnipiac poll released in early November revealed that 25 percent of Republicans say they will “definitely not support” Trump.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has also stated that he would not endorse Trump.
In addition, political commentator and talk show host Michael Medved has voiced doubts about supporting Trump, stating, “On the air, I’ve repeatedly promised to support the Republican nominee, whoever it happens to be. But Trump’s recent reconsideration of his own similar promise should perhaps lead to re-examination of that pledge for the sake of the survival of a credible conservative alternative in American political life.”
Publication date: December 2, 2015