Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said that he believes that the group of black clergy he was scheduled to meet with Monday intended to endorse his candidacy but were pressured out of it because of his belief that “all lives matter.”
He said the meeting would still take place — endorsement or no endorsement.
“I’m going to the meeting,” he said. “I have a great relationship with the black pastors.”
The subject of the meeting was brought up by The Washington Post’s Robert Costa at about the 14:50 mark into an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday.
The Associated Press reported:
Many of the religious leaders invited to the meet-and-greet with Trump were surprised that the gathering was being advertised by his Republican presidential campaign as an endorsement. After they objected, the Trump campaign decided to keep the meeting private and quietly canceled a press conference afterward meant to announce their support.
“It’s a miscommunication,” said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, according to The AP, who helped to organize the meeting with Trump.
“They [the black religious leaders] wanted to meet, … and I thought it was an endorsement,” Trump said.
“Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting with Trump because he believes all lives matter,'” he added.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said of the projected meeting. “I think it probably will be an endorsement by some.”
Watch the interview, via MSNBC.
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