US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump cancelled a public event set where he had planned to announce endorsements from black pastors, 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 yesterday 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.