“On Monday, Mr. Trump will host an informational meet and greet with many members of the Coalition of African American Ministers. 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. This is closed to press and therefore no media credentials will be provided.” -Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, Sunday, November 29, 2015
NYC, NEW YORK. November 30, 2015— Donald Trump, grade-A xenophobe and grade-E Republican Presidential Candidate, come out last week and told America to watch out, he was getting 100 endorsements from African-American pastors and religious figures come Monday, just wait and see. So, we did. And now it is Monday. What did we see? The Power of a Trump Promise: Excuses and Emptiness.
The meeting concluded, but it did so sans endorsements as previously advertised. Instead the Donald came out with an excuse as to why he wasn’t getting the political backing he had promised the nation. That excuse was it was all a miscommunication from his campaign staff and that the backing from 100 African-American pastors and religious leaders had likely been derailed by the Black Lives Matter movement and, you know, not because his tone and rhetoric on the Campaign Trail and in private have been overtly racist.
Of course, all of this is on the heels of a recent incident in Alabama, a state known for its own rich history of Racial Injustice. The incident took place at a Trump rally when a Black Lives Matter protester got to be a little too much for him. Trump found it “disgusting what he was doing” and had the man thrown out. Before and during being thrown out, the man, Mercutio Southall Jr., was heckled, kicked, punched, and choked by the Donald’s supporters, while they shouted “n*****, monkey, and … ‘all lives matter.’” As Mr. Southall was being escorted out, a woman could be heard shouting, “Taze him… Good Lord.” Later, in a last act of defiance, Southall shouted, “Black lives matter!” which was greeted with an unenthusiastic “Roll Tide” from a Trump supporter. And the Donald’s view on all of this: “Maybe he should have been roughed up.”
So, are we all that surprised Trump can’t get 100 endorsements from African-American pastors and religious leaders? I’m sure as hell not. What surprises me is that this cretin is still the leader in the polls.