Sunday, November 29, 2015

An Affair to Misremember

Um, of all words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have Ben."
Bloomberg, November 26:
Donald Trump on Nov. 30 “will be joined by a coalition of 100 African American evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP frontrunner after a private meeting at Trump Tower,” his campaign says in a statement.
Daily Beast, November 28
The majority of a group of prominent African-American ministers scheduled to meet with Donald Trump on Monday are making clear that they have made no commitments to endorse the real estate magnate.
CNN, November 29
Trump's presidential campaign has canceled a press conference with Trump and those religious leaders.
    Bishop Clarence McClendon, a Los Angeles-based pastor who like Trump has appeared on reality television, was invited to the meeting but will not attend.
    Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Senior Pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral and a star of the Oxygen reality series "Preachers of Detroit," said she was invited to the meeting but will not attend nor endorse Trump.
    "Trump is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become..."
    He is apparently getting one endorsement from an African American pastor, Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland; the meeting was Scott's idea, first publicized by the Christian Broadcasting Network back in September, for
    a private meeting with pastors in which they would pray for him and discuss his views and strategies on a number of different issues.... It’s important to point out that this meeting is a personal gathering, not political. Scott says he’s not for or against Trump.
    which Trump and his people inflated in their minds to this colossal imaginary thing and have now backed out of. Doesn't seem likely this will affect his campaign one way or another—

    —but it surely shows that the delusionality, which I thought was just part of the act, may be to some degree real.

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