When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that 100 Black ministers would endorse his candidacy after a meeting Monday at his New York City headquarters, many were surprised–including the ministers themselves.
Last week, several Black pastors were invited to the event, including Los Angeles-based Bishop Clarence McClendon, and Detroit Bishop Corletta Vaughn, but disputed the claim that it was an endorsement. Both declined invites, but the denials prompted Trump’s campaign to cancel a news conference scheduled for Monday to announce the endorsements.
“Trump is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become,” Vaughn wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. “ZERO experience … Flaunting a ticket of unbridled bigotry, sexism, racism and everything that is wrong with America.”
The ministers’ meeting was criticized over the weekend in a letter from other Black faith leaders, who wrote in Ebonythat Trump “uses overtly divisive and racist language on the campaign trail” and shouldn’t be a candidate for their support.