Donald Trump cancels event with black pastors, stands by his 9/11 Muslim remarks

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A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A clip of Donald Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., has been included in a purported recruitment video for the Islamic State. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Donald Trump is falling in the GOP candidate polls as he is dogged by his controversial remarks about Muslims and rebuffed by black clergy. REUTERS/Brian Snyder      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Donald Trump is falling in the GOP candidate polls as he is dogged by his controversial remarks about Muslims and rebuffed by black clergy. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has canceled a public event set for Monday where he had planned to announce endorsements from blackpastors, after a group of African-American academics and clergy members urged them to reconsider, citing Trump’s “racially inaccurate … rhetoric.”

Trump sent out word to media outlets last week that he would hold an early afternoon news conference Monday to announce the endorsement of his campaign by “100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders…after a private meeting.”

He did not reveal the names of the people he expected to meet.

On Sunday he tweeted: “Will be meeting on Monday at Trump Tower with a large group of African American Pastors. Many I know-wonderful people! Not a press event.”

In an open letter published on the website of Ebony Magazine, 114 academics and church leaders warned the pastors that meeting with Trump would be a mistake.

“We are concerned that your choice to meet with Mr. Trump, particularly in such a visible way, will not only de-radicalize the Black prophetic political tradition, but will also give Trump the appearance of legitimacy among those who follow your leadership and respect your position as clergy,” the letter said.

“Trump’s racially inaccurate, insensitive and incendiary rhetoric should give those charged with the care of the spirits and souls of Black people great pause.”

Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks, confirmed that the previously scheduled event had been canceled. She did not respond when asked whether the letter directly influenced Trump’s decision to cancel Monday’s press conference.

Hicks said the change had first been made public on Saturday, when an update to the previously announced event described it as an “informal meet and greet” that was “not a press event” and “after which a number of attendees are expected endorse Mr. Trump’s campaign.”

The change of plans comes after a week of setbacks for the billionaire real estate mogul.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday showed a 12-point drop in Trump’s poll numbers. He was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Nov. 27, down from a peak of 43 percent registered on Nov. 22.

Trump has found himself on the defensive over his assertions that he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. That claim has been disputed by public officials and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, another contender for the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election.

Trump also said he supported the idea of requiring all Muslims living in the United States to register in a special database as a counter-terrorism measure.

Trump ignited further controversy when he tweeted a graphic containing false claims about U.S. statistics suggesting black Americans were the overwhelming source of gun violence.

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  • “Trump..supported the idea of requiring all Muslims living in the United States to register in a special database as a counter-terrorism measure.”

    This is depravity of the worst kind.
    America has truly become a land of the lost and most ignorant if
    we need to point out Trump is no different from Hitler.

    Muslims are not the problem. Ignorant, unschooled Americans are the problem.

  • Wow.When are people going to get a clue and realize that there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump? Way back in the beginning of his campaign,Trump claimed that he was…”great friends with”the blacks”!…(his words.)—That came as quite a surprise to me,a 61-year old”black” who,other than what I had read or seen on television,knows NOTHING about Trump except what I’m seeing and hearing during this campaign.And so far,I’ve seen nor heard NOTHING that would move me to endorse him in ANY way.Seriously…is that a joke?? Let me put it this way: If all it took was my one lowly vote to get Trump into the White House, he’ll NEVER,EVER be president.Clear enough?

  • Rusureuwant2know

    I think he’s got it confused with what went on in the Middle East on 9/11. There may have been some celebrating in Jersey – I can’t say for sure. But I definitely do remember the media reporting thousands of Palestinians celebrating as the towers burned. They still have a yearly celebration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrM0dAFsZ8k

  • frank

    Love your comment. AMEN !

  • Zug

    Complete and total ignorance on display.

  • David Emery

    Racially Inaccurate rhetoric. I don’t think so. What makes it so bad is that it was the Washington post who accused Trump of telling lies about the celebrating Muslims.

    Read this from the Washington Post, September 18 2001. Here is an excerpt:

    In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2001/09/18/northern-new-jersey-draws-probers-eyes/40f82ea4-e015-4d6e-a87e-93aa433fafdc/

    For any black people reading this, did you know that the Arab word for a black man is the exact same word that is used for “SLAVE.” Go read this:

    https://wakeupethiopians.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/arabs-hate-black-people-they-dont-think-a-black-can-be-muslim/

    It is way past time…

  • Robert Morwell

    The Washington Post article mentions that a few people were reported having tailgate parties in response to the attack. Not THOUSANDS as Trump constantly claims. If there were such a huge demonstration, there would be videos of it all over You Tube. Trump hasn’t produced any evidence. There were a few people from the despicable Westboro cut who waved signs for a long time afterward, thanking God for the atrocity. They did not, do not, and never will represent the majority of Christians. The few people who may have celebrated in Jersey City were few in number, and it is bigotry to try to associate them with all Muslims.

  • David Emery

    Why don’t you read the Quran. Let it tell you that all non Muslims must either die or be enslaved. Also, forget trying on the “most Muslims are moderate” rubbish. Anyone who would associate with Islam is guilty by association.
    Muslims are all taught from birth to hate the infidels but then maybe you agree with killing homosexuals, denying women all rights, stoning women to death, marrying little seven year old girls, female mutilation and absolutely no personal freedom. More likely you have been indoctrinated by the communist left. You may not realize it but the UN has chosen Islam as the one world unifying religion. They did this because there is no such thing as personal freedom in Islam. Uniting the world under a single religion has been a goal of the globalists for a very long time. Maybe you will call me a racist for telling you the truth. The problem with that is that Islam is not based on any one race. There are many white Muslims. I feel really sorry for you.

  • Larry

    Trump engaged in a typical ploy used by people who spout ridiculous claims. He makes the statement first without knowledge and then has people research where it might be considered true. In this case

    There is no such thing as a rational argument of “X religion is inherently evil”. Nor does, “but they are Muslim” ever count as an excuse for bad behavior. Every bigot likes to claim their prejudices are somehow justified. Its just a way to preserve one’s ego in light of ridiculous assertions.

    A nation which values religious freedom does not target ANYONE on the basis of their given faith. If you value democracy and freedom you do not call for government sanctioned persecution of any religious group, ever. This is not debatable.