Donald Trump’s Big Endorsement Event Quietly Becomes a Private Meeting
Remember when Donald Trump claimed that he had the endorsement of 100 black pastors on Wednesday? It was a lie.
Trump met with 100 black pastors on Monday, in an informational session that is designed to convince them to endorse him.
In true Trump fashion, the Republican candidate got ahead of himself when he professed that the pastors were already supporting his campaign.
“On Monday, Mr. Trump will host an informational meet-and-greet with many members of the Coalition of African-American Ministers,” said Trump’s 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.”
NY Times reports:
But for Mr. Trump’s campaign, which often has an improvisational quality, it appeared to be an example of its getting ahead of itself.
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. He assumed blame for what he called a “miscommunication on my part, which led some folks to believe there would be a unilateral endorsement.”
Mr. Scott, who has been friends for years with Michael Cohen, an adviser to Mr. 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. Members of our own community.”
Still, he conceded that he anticipated Mr. 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.
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