With the help of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, two passionate black pastors who attended a roundtable discussion Wednesday at the White House went face-to-face Friday evening with a left-wing activist.
One of the pastors, Pastor Van Moody, started the discussion by describing the scathing backlash he received from his congregants after he dared to attend the roundtable discussion about prison reform earlier in the week with President Donald Trump.
“I did receive a tremendous amount of blowback, a lot of vitriol, a lot of name calling. A number of individuals that have been a part of a number of things I’ve done … have said that they’re leaving,” Pastor Van Moody revealed during an appearance Friday evening on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” alongside Pastor Darrell Scott and Democrat strategist Antjuan Seawright.
“And many people expressed a lot of anger and frustration because I was there, and also because of one of the comments I made I think was misunderstood and taken out of context,” he continued, adding that during the discussion he’d praised Trump for “having a heart for all people as it relates to this issue of prison reform and workforce development.”
“So it’s been quite a challenge, but once again I think the purpose of trying to make a difference in the lives of people that are marginalized and voiceless is so much bigger than personal attacks and political ideology. And that’s why I went in the first place.”
Democrat strategist Antjuan Seawright’s response to what Moody has endured was quite inane.
“What I do know is that when a pastor steps out of the pulpit or into the pulpit, they represent the hearts and minds of their entire congregation. And what we know about this president … he has not had the best interests of African Americans.”
The response from Scott and Ingraham, who were clearly very defensive of Moody, was one of shock and perhaps even amusement.
“How do you say that with the results?” Ingraham asked, referring to the drop in black unemployment seen during Trump’s presidency.
“If you look at his rhetoric, if you look at some of the things his administration has done,” Seawright continued bloviating.
“Such as?” Scott asked.
Seawright proceeded to list some of Trump’s remarks out-of-context, prompting Moody to jump in with a truth bomb.
“For me as a faith leader, I’m called to something much higher than politics and egos and ideology. And to me, this was very simple” he said. “I’ve been on record of voicing some issues I’ve had with this administration, but I still believe we ought to be able to find commonality to work for the good of other people. We’ve got to move beyond who we like, who we don’t like.”
Well said. But this wasn’t good enough for Seawright.
“Pastor, it’s never been about who we don’t like or do like. What this is about is working in a bipartisan way if we want to get something done,” he said, spurring Scott, Ingraham and Moody into all speaking out in unified outrage.
For Seawright to tout bipartisanship while simultaneously slamming the pastor for working with the president was the height of hypocrisy. The two pastors and Ingraham each took a turn to try to talk some sense into him. Ingraham flat-out told him that giving speeches won’t work on cable television and the zealot’s “bumper-sticker mentality” was not appreciated.
Listen to the rest of the discussion below:
The debate concluded with Scott bluntly telling Seawright, “You would rather the country fail than work together for Donald Trump to succeed. we’re sitting there to talk about prison reform to help prisoners, and you’re upset that people went in the room with him. Now that’s just stupid to me.”
It’s stupid to a lot of folks, in fact.
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