NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:18 PM
Rev. Jamal Bryant has had harsh words for his fellow pastors who attended Monday’s meeting with Donald Trump.
A prominent Baltimore pastor is blasting his fellow clergymen, calling them “prostitutes” for supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
Rev. Jamal Bryant, the pastor at Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore, refused to attend Monday’s meeting between black pastors and the Republican 2016 front-runner and accused those who did go of “selling out” — and worse.
“Prostitutes for Trump … don’t let black pulpit become a pole,” he said in a Periscope video he posted to Twitter Monday.
“If your pastor tells you they’re going to New York on Monday, I need you to call them out,” Bryant said. “Donald Trump does not represent what our community needs or what America needs.”
Bryant did not immediately return messages asking for comment on his previous remarks.
He has repeatedly defended the comments, however, taking to CNN Monday night to offer a sarcastic apology.
“I want to apologize, because prostitutes get money. And the (pastors) that went in there (to meet with Trump) walked away with nothing, they did it for free,” Bryant, 44, said.
“So there’s another word for that, and I would not use that language on a family channel,” added Bryant, who briefly ran for congress as a Democrat earlier this year before calling off the bid.
Several other preachers had spoken out about the meeting as well, with more than 100 signing an open letter published in Ebony magazine last weekend trouncing their fellow clergymen who chose to attend the meeting.
“Mr. Trump routinely uses overtly divisive and racist language on the campaign trail,” the letter stated. “Most recently, his supporters were justified for punching and kicking a Black protester who had attended a Trump rally with the intent to remind the crowd that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Trump followed this action by tweeting inaccurate statistics about crime prevalence rates in Black communities – insinuating that Black people are more violent than other groups.”
Nonetheless, Trump did sit down with a group of supportive pastors Monday afternoon — a meeting he called “wonderful.”
Donald Trump sat down with a group of black evangelical leaders Monday. Previously, the candidate had publicly predicted that many of them would endorse him after the meeting in a widely touted press conference.
The GOP presidential contender sat down for more than two hours with the clergy at Manhattan’s Trump Tower — and then emerged to say he wouldn’t change the tone of his campaign.
“The tone has taken me to first position in every single poll,” Trump told reporters. “The beautiful thing about the meeting is they really didn’t ask me to change the tone. I think they want to see victory.”
Some attendees endorsed Trump, while others withheld their backing.
Trump, who has drawn fire for racially insensitive remarks, had originally billed it as a press conference where the group of pastors would endorse him, but scrapped that after many ministers objected that they had no intention of backing him and just wanted to hear him out.
Following the disagreement, the Trump campaign decided to keep the meeting private. The attention-seeking real estate mogul ended up holding an impromptu press conference anyway, but without an endorsement from the full group.
Earlier this month, a black protester was roughed up by Trump supporters at a rally in Birmingham, Ala. Trump also drew criticism recently for re-tweeting an image of inaccurate statistics that vastly over-represented the number of whites killed by black people.
With Erin Durkin