by G. Brown
You can smell the midterm elections in the air, because the political world is like the upside down parallel universe from “Stranger Things”. In just this month alone we’ve seen President Trump collide with the Black community by..
- Calling NBA legend LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon “dumb”
- Got called out by one of his former loyalists as being in the middle of a “mental decline”
- Got smacked down by federal Judge Emmet Sullivan who blocked the Trump administration from deporting a mother and child who were seeking asylum at the very time they were so supposed to appear before him in a hearing. Sullivan yelled that the deportation was “outrageous” and told the government to bring the mother and child back now saying, “I’m not asking, I’m ordering”. The plane turned around in Texas detouring from its El Salvador destination.
- And again decided to tackle NFL players who kneel in protest of police brutality against Blacks during the national anthem. Trump tweeted players should stand proudly or be “suspended without pay.”
And we’re only ten days into August! But Trump’s biggest brawl with the Black community started on day 1 of August after that meeting with a gaggle of Black Pastors from churches around the nation who flocked to the White House for a Presidential roundtable on prison reform.
The well publicized video of the meeting showed pastors of mostly mega-churches from all ends of the map…Atlanta, Detroit, Sacramento and South Carolina. Some are voices echoing from the campaign trail like that of Cleveland Pastor Darrell Scott still singing his chorus of Trump is “the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime.”
A new face in the crowd and one that has been pummeled the most it seems by critics is that of John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville SC. Perhaps because he compared sitting down with Trump to sitting down with Jesus. Wonder if they all still feel that way after tape-leaking Omarosa Manigault-Newman says she has several recordings of Trump using the ‘N-Word’ to describe Blacks while in office and from his days on “Celebrity Apprentice”. Calling African Americans the ‘N-Word’—is that what Jesus would do?
The pastors say they were there for prison reform. Consider, Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to revitalize the war on drugs which will probably as it has historically done lead to locking more Blacks and minorities in prison. Trump has appointed 87 judges—85 of them are White. He supported the Justice Department’s voter purges making it difficult for Blacks to vote and he ended the program protecting people from predatory lenders who normally prey on those who can least afford it.
Maybe these pastors showed up out curiosity or ego (I met with the President)…there real motives are unclear. But what is clear is that Trump knows the Russia investigation is hurting him and midterms are on the way. He can’t avoid impeachment if Republicans lose control of the house and senate. By tagging mega-church leaders to take this message back to their millions of Black members, Trump is trying to target the Black vote.
No photos or media were allowed when Trump met with Putin, but it seems every camera in DC was there for this token photo op so Trump can wave pictures in front of the ill informed and say ‘look, the Blacks love me’.
Pastor Scott says Trump is pro-Black when nothing he has done so far proves that. Maybe the words of writer Maya Angelou are more appropo here. She said when people show you who they are, believe them.