GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to participate in a town hall meeting Wednesday on Black issues at the Cleveland church of a Black minister, a supporter who spoke at the Republican National Convention, Cleveland.com reports.
Fox News will record the event, which features Fox personality Sean Hannity, and broadcast it Wednesday night on Hannity’s show.
The Rev. Darrell Scott, who ministers the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, told WKYC that the candidate is scheduled to meet with “a large statewide group of pastors.” New Spirit’s website says the event will focus “on African-American concerns.”
It’s dubbed a town hall meeting, but it’s questionable whether Trump and the audience will seriously debate issues affecting the Black community. A Fox spokesperson told Cleveland.com that no other media outlets are invited to the event, and she did not know if the general public could attend.
The event comes as the Black community is once again infuriated over a video of the fatal police shooting of another two Black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Trump has made statements about criminal justice that makes many African-Americans uncomfortable. At the Republican National Convention, he promised, to restore law and order, which sounds like code for always siding with law enforcement—even when there’s contradictory video evidence. He has also accused the Black Lives Matter movement of “essentially calling death to the police.”
Scott has championed Trump’s candidacy. He spoke at the RNC and serves as CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. But according to Cleveland.org, he’s far from being one of the city’s prominent Black minister with a history of engaging in political or community affairs.
“I will be interested to know who attends. At this point, I think he [Trump] has made himself very clear about where is, what he stands for and whom he’ll be standing with,” the Rev. Jawanza Colvin, a Cleveland minister, told Cleveland.com.
Colvin, who has hosted Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at his church, added that Trump is “divisive,” and he would not attend if invited to the meeting.
SOURCE: Cleveland.com | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter
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