The Church of Trump

Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is not doing too well during the last stretch of the 2016 presidential race. He’s been on a steady decline in the polls and in public opinion. As a result, the man who’s spent the greater portion of the last year and change saying some of the most disparaging things a Republican Presidential nominee has ever uttered now finds himself needing the assistance of the very same people that he has defamed and maligned.

Over the last month, Trump has been on a pander-spree of sorts. A strange turn of events now finds The Donald bringing up LGBT issues during speeches, softening his hardcore stance of wall he wants to build to keep Mexican criminals out, and promising black folks that he can repair 400 years of black marginalization. In his stance, all he needs is your vote and he can fix anything that ails this country.

Trump has done some odd things to become the focal point that he is at this juncture, but In my opinion, nothing has been as strange as seeing Trump cozying up to black preachers in hopes of recieving votes from their separate and individual flocks.

When it comes to actual support of the Trump campaign, logical people know how not to take a crazy nigga like Mike Tyson serious when says:

 “That sh-t is the real deal. Listen: I’m a black motherf–ker from the poorest town in the country. I’ve been through a lot in life. And I know him. When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family. None of them—Barack, whoever—nobody else does that. They’re gonna be who they are and disregard me, my family. So I’m voting for him. If I can get 20,000 people or more to vote for him, I’m gonna do it.”

Come on man, there’re no way in hell Mike’s gonna get 20 people to vote for Trump, let alone a mass of 20,000. However, shit gets a little dangerous when a black preacher with deep roots in the black community says of Trump:

“As they say in African American vernacular, I like his swag.”

Enter Pastor Darrell Scott, a 56-year-old evangelical minister from Cleveland, Ohio, whose New Spirit Revival Center boasts thousands of members. Scott says he first met the Republican presidential front-runner five years ago when Trump invited dozens of members of the clergy to Trump Tower to announce he was thinking about running for President. Trump wanted their blessing and their prayers that God would show him which way to go.

Although Trump decided not to run i 2012, Pastor Scott knew that if Trump ever did decided to run, he’d vote for him without thinking twice about it.

Another of the black holy rollers for Trump is Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem. Also known as “Harlem’s Hate Pastor”, Manning has made it his personal mission to demonize President Barack Obama every chance he’s gotten for the last 8 years. His church once accused President Obama of releasing “the homo demons on the black man.” He has vowed to die if that’s what it takes to expose Obama as the devil. Also, he’s personally  asserted that Starbucks injects semen from gay men into its coffee, which makes zero sense. Not to mention, he’s also been heard chanting “oh faggots, oh faggots, please come out tonight” during protests against the LGBT community in New York City. Yes, this nigga is an oddball to say the least.

It isn’t troublesome that Trump has black supporters, shit, there’s a fool born every minute. However, what’s really perilous is the platform and status these men have in black communities, namely the black church. These are men entrusted to lead people to be better human beings all while getting closer to God, so leading them to the fiery furnace of Donald Trump’s presidential run is a crime and should be deemed as such.

At last month’s RNC in Cleveland, Pastor Scott was asked to speak to the party and potential black voters. During his 5-minutes soliloquy, Scott said:

” Trump will now rebuild the broken trust that now exists between our citizens and our government, which over the last eight years has brought the rhetoric of hope, but the reality of higher minority unemployment, crime, drug use, with more civil unrest and national distress…America is a melting pot, a country of diversity… we stand poised to make history by standing together as Americans, as one. We are here as Americans regardless of race, creed, or color. We are here as those who hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, and among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

Nigga please.

Saying shit like this during a televised speech is one thing, but bringing this same rhetoric back to the black community in the form of inspirational Sunday sermons is simply hazardous. Telling hungry and healthy minds that Trump’s policies will be of great advantage to or even virtue to blacks is utterly laughable. Nothing that occurs in a possible reality where Donald Trump is President of the United States will benefit people of color in any way. Furthermore, I just don’t think we’re that bad off to believe and invest such nonsense.

So the question must be asked, what’t to be done with all of these house niggers when Trump ultimately doesn’t win? Do they just go back to normal and focus on Jesus?

Here’s the thing, when it comes to black people, once you’re on the outs of the community then you’re liable to stay there until you die. We don’t take too kindly to Uncle Tom’s who attempt to galvanize those of us who’ve been relegated to the fields to toil. If you come out as firm supporter of “them”, then you’ll never be one of “us” again. In the end, it should be relatively easy for Trump to go back to who he was before his presidential run. He’s always been a proud scumbag, too rich to care about any consequences that occur because of things he’s said or done. However, for the African Americans who attempted to aid Trump, only scrutiny, side-eyes, and a lifetime on the outside of our inner-circle awaits.

 

 




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