Donald Trump answered charges that he’s racially insensitive and losing support among evangelicals, by announcing that he will gain the endorsement of “100 African-American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders” next week.
The Trump campaign has scheduled a 1 p.m. Monday press conference at the Trump Tower in New York City, before which the billionaire GOP frontrunner will meet privately with the pastors, according to a CNN report Friday.
Never backing down from controversy, Trump ejected a Black Lives Matter protester from a campaign rally last week, remarking on Fox News that “maybe he should have been roughed up,” because the man was being “obnoxious and loud.” In response, on Wednesday, Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago attacked the Trump Tower during demonstrations over the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Contrary to what many pundits claim, Trump is still doing very well among evangelicals, especially in the south.
Supporters and critics both took to Twitter in reaction to Trump’s latest announcement.
100 #AfricanAmerican #Evangelical #Pastors will back @realDonaldTrump The election is over. #Trump wins. https://t.co/0PDwspvCCV
— Rev. David Williams (@davidpwil) November 27, 2015
@MakingUSAGreat1 For all his stumbling, Trump is winning about 1/3 of IA Evangelicals and dominates SC which votes 2/3 Evangelical. — Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) November 26, 2015
RT “Trump’s ability to cut through the clutter and paint the world in ‘absolutes’ attracts EVANGELICAL VOTERS.” pic.twitter.com/TDG5jXPdlW
— [email protected] (@myGianLuca) November 26, 2015
My in-laws are evangelical. All were unsure of Trump, NOW, they are voting Trump. My family is the same. Parents, grands, all voting Trump. — Anti-Establishment (@TrumpTheSystem) November 25, 2015
Not everyone agrees that evangelicals should support the real estate mogul, who regularly ridicules the press. Trump is most recently under fire for allegedly mocking a handicapped New York Times reporter, which his campaign denied. Syndicated radio host and evangelical author Dr. Michael Brown raised his own questions.
Here’s my video commentary, raising questions as to how evangelicals can support @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/P1bIDlDVye
— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) November 28, 2015
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