Trump Cancels Press Conference With Black Clergy After Being Called Out

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has cancelled his press conference with 100 black pastors after they called him out on lying about receiving their endorsement.

The former reality television star had previously been advertising that he was going to meet with the clergymen privately and then hold a press conference immediately following. The campaign had claimed that they would be announcing the group’s endorsement at the presser. The campaign wrote in a statement:

“A coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders will endorse the GOP front runner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”’

Upset about his bold claim, Trump immediately faced a barrage of embarrassing backlash from those who were invited.

Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Senior Pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral, also publicly spoke out against the candidate.

“Trump is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become,” she wrote on her Facebook page.. “ZERO experience … Flaunting a ticket of unbridled bigotry, sexism, racism and everything that is wrong with America.”

A post on the Facebook page of Los Angeles-based Bishop Clarence McClendon also stated that he was invited, and that it was never presented as an automatic endorsement.

“Bishop McClendon was INVITED to attend Monday’s meeting and his name was used as an invitee, but had made no plans to attend the meeting and indeed will NOT be in attendance. Bishop McClendon has NOT made up his mind for whom he will vote in the upcoming election and had previously determined that he would not make any decision until after January 2016.”

Worried about what those who were invited might say, the campaign downgraded their highly anticipated event and made sure it was closed to the press and cancelled the press conference. They wrote in a statement on Sunday:

“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.”

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