Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the cancellation of his planned meeting with black pastors today.
In a statement on Friday, Trump’s camp said he planned to meet with 100 influential black religious leaders. The statement said the pastors would announce their ringing endorsement of Trump after the meeting.
But plans took an unexpected turn shortly after the press release.
No official list of the invitees was ever released. So frantic calls went out to black pastors and ministers everywhere from members of the media and other concerned groups.
The media shoved microphones under the noses of black pastors and preachers who weren’t even invited to the Trump meeting.
“I was invited to attend a gathering of clergy to listen to Mr. Trump on Monday November 30. I respectively declined as I do not support nor will endorse Donald Trump,” wrote Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Senior Pastor of the Holy Spirit Cathedral of Faith in Detroit, on her Facebook page.
In a radio interview with Robert Costa on Morning Joe on Monday, Trump said the activist group Black Lives Matter, led by transracial fraud Shaun King, had a lot to do with the pastors’ change of heart.
“Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘oh, you shouldn’t be meeting with Trump because he believes that all lives matter’,” said Trump.
Trump added, “I believe black lives do matter, but I believe all lives matter .. very strongly. What I think happened is a lot of pressure was put on them.”
Trump said another meeting with black pastors will be scheduled.
“It doesn’t matter. I’m going to have a meeting,” Trump told Costa. “I have a great relationship with the black pastors. I’ve had… I know many of them. … and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if it’s an endorsement by some. I think probably it will be an endorsement by some.”