WATCH: Trump Surrogate Pastor Mark Burns Walks Out of CNN Interview After Being Caught in Several Lies Regarding Claims in his Bio

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  • He said he was a graduate of North Greenville University — Lie.
  • He said he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi — Lie.
  • He said he served 6 years in the Army Reserves — Lie.
  • He said he is currently working on a master’s degree from Andersonville Seminary — which many view as an unaccredited diploma mill — Lie.

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These men, whether you like them or not, whether you agree with them or not, represent the leadership of the nearly 40 million blacks in this country.

This is the tragedy of white conservative politicians and even white conservative Christians trying to make leaders out of black people who are not true leaders of the black community. Just as Donald Trump went to the legitimate leader of the Mexican people a few days ago, he needs to go to the legitimate leaders of black America if he wants to gain any favor in the black community in general and in the black Christian community in particular.

Trump needs to visit with such people as: National Baptist Convention USA President Jerry Young, National Baptist Convention of America President Samuel C. Tolbert, AME Church Senior Bishop McKinley Young, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Pastor and Urban Alternative President Dr. Tony Evans, The Potter’s House Pastor T.D. Jakes, Progressive National Baptist Convention President James C. Perkins, Church of God in Christ Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., Cornerstone Baptist Church Pastor Dwight McKissic, High Impact Leadership Coalition President Bishop Harry Jackson, Pastor and First Black President of the Southern Baptist Convention Fred Luter, National Black Church Initiative President Anthony Evans, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III, and others. 

The black Christian people whom the Trump organization has chosen to be surrogates, which includes Pastor Mark Burns, Pastor Darrell Scott, Omarosa Manigault, and the recently disgraced Pastor Steve Parson, are not legitimate leaders of black people in America. They are just local pastors of churches who really do not have any national influence in the black community of America. Dr. John Maxwell said, “He that thinketh he leadeth, and hath no one following, is only taking a walk.” These people do not have a national following; they just have the following of their church.

If Trump wishes to win over black people in general and black Christians in particular, he needs to humbly and respectfully go to the true leaders of the black community and present his plan to help “make America great again.”

–BCNN1 Editors


A black pastor and vocal supporter of Donald Trump admitted he exaggerated his background Friday night as CNN teases a heated interview to air Saturday morning.

“As a young man starting my church in Greenville, South Carolina, I overstated several details of my biography because I was worried I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a new pastor,” Pastor Mark Burns said in a statement late Friday. “This was wrong. I wasn’t truthful then and I have to take full responsibility for my actions.

“Since that time I should have taken steps to correct any misrepresentations of my background. We all make mistakes, and I hope that the measure of my character and the quality of my works speak for what kind of person I am.”

CNN is set to air an interview with Burns Saturday morning on “New Day” detailing “multiple inaccuracies in the pastor’s bio, including his service in the U.S. Army Reserves, his education and more.”

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Burns did not specify which details of his personal biography he had exaggerated.

Burns on Friday accused the media of scrutinizing his history due to his race and support for Trump, the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“I do also want to set the record straight about why this attack is happening – because I am a black man supporting Donald Trump for president,” he said. “For too long, African-American votes have been taken for granted by Democratic politicians, and enough is enough.

“It’s a shame that the political insiders and the media choose to attack me because I’m not going to stay silent about Hillary Clinton’s pandering to our community. Instead, I’m going to tell people that there’s another option – an option that represents a positive vision that will unify our country. That’s why I have and will continue to tirelessly support Mr. Trump.”

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SOURCE: Mark Hensch 
The Hill


WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump to Attend Services at Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit (12 Noon EST)

Detroit Pastor Wayne T. Jackson Faces Criticism Over Scripted Question and Answer Session With Trump During Visit at his Church, as Reported in the New York Times

The pastor who will interview Donald Trump at a black Detroit church on Saturday is responding to a deluge of criticism from people unhappy about the GOP presidential nominee’s visit.

In a series of interviews and social media posts over the past week, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson has defended his decision to invite Trump to his church and to be interviewed on Jackson’s television channel, Impact Network.

“This interview is not an endorsement,” Jackson wrote on Facebook this week. “This is engagement. We have given Hillary Clinton the same opportunity as Donald Trump and she has not yet responded. This is not to put one up above the other but you gotta understand that we are in a race, and there’s two people in the race. This is to inform our community of what he will do if elected.”

It seems many of Jackson’s followers are not convinced. On Friday, his social media team warned on Facebook that it would be removing comments that resort to name-calling or use foul language.

But plenty of comments from unhappy users can still be seen on the page.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that aides at the Republican National Committee and in Trump’s campaign had written an eight-page script detailing how the businessman should respond to a dozen questions that Jackson had submitted in advance.

“With all respect I ask you to please refuse to participate in the Trump ‘interview’ unless you are allowed to ask some unscripted questions,” read one comment from a man named Michael Bradley. “Otherwise I would see it as a sham, nothing more than a campaign advertisement and not an interview in any way.”

“That’s incredible that you would ask everybody on here to be respectful and civil when you are interviewing someone who never display that,” Kerry Hill said in response to the warning that asked users to refrain from name-calling.

Other inflammatory comments call Jackson “a spawn of the devil,” accuse him of being paid off by Trump and label the event propaganda.

Jackson himself has acknowledged that the candidate tends to evoke anger among black voters — a recent Public Policy Polling survey showed Trump had zero percent support among African Americans.

“There’s a lot of emotions going on right now — people are upset that he’s coming to Detroit,” Jackson told The Detroit News this week. “But if we don’t sit down to talk to him, we’ll never know what his policies are.”

Still, Jackson maintains that by interviewing Trump on his Impact Network, he is helping to inform his viewers. He also says that the candidate has a right to make his case to black voters.

“We’re not here to say we agree,” the bishop wrote in another Facebook post. “We’re here to listen. A person who committed murder, killed a child, whatever it may be, we still give them a right in our nation to be heard. We need to hear both sides.”

“My phone has been burning up,” Jackson told the Detroit Free Press. “And the things people are asking: ‘Is Donald Trump paying me off?’ They haven’t paid me off. You haven’t looked at me and seen a man who’s needed things, I’ve always been blessed. It’s not about being a Judas to my people.”

Trump’s visit to Jackson’s church, Great Faith Ministries, was first announced Aug. 28 in a statement by Pastor Mark Burns, a Trump surrogate who a day later set off a firestorm by tweeting a cartoon of Democrat Hillary Clinton in blackface. Burns has his own show on the Impact Network.

Jackson had said in interviews this week that he planned to ask Trump if there’s any truth to the accusations of racism that have plagued his campaign for more than a year. The leaked script shows that Jackson will also ask how Trump can change black voters’ mistrust of the GOP, given that Republican candidates rarely appear in black communities.

“The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding,” reads Trump’s scripted answer. “Coming into a community is meaningless unless we can offer an alternative to the horrible progressive agenda that has perpetuated a permanent underclass in America.”

The Clinton campaign slammed Trump for the prepared script, saying that the fact that his team feels the need to provide him with a script shows that he is unfamiliar with the issues important to black voters and uncomfortable discussing them.

“Donald Trump’s latest gimmick to act as if he cares about the black community is downright shameful, insulting and cowardly,” Clinton aide Marlon Marshall said in a statement.

“After 14 months of neglecting us, Donald Trump is once again dodging substantive conversations and ducking questions about the issues that impact our community.”

SOURCE: Harper Neidig 
The Hill