WASHINGTON - On Monday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump was in New York meeting with dozens of black pastors. The meeting, which became tense at times, was held to address what some called Trump’s use of racially charged rhetoric.
Some left the gathering with hopes their message had resonated, however, Trump said afterward he had no plans to change his approach.
He later said the meeting was "inspiring" and "unbelievable."
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a minister and former "The Apprentice" contestant, was at the meeting and joined us with insight into what was discussed.
"Well, any time you get a hundred preachers in a room, it's chaotic anyway! But it was actually a very good meeting. I thought it was really brave of him to just sit there and take the tough questions," she said.
She said that most pastors are not allowed to endorse political candidates and that the meeting was set to gather information about Trump. She added that if Trump should win the election, he would need to address many issues that are important to the African-American community like jobs, crime, and education.
"Traditionally, Republican candidates have not really tried to reach out to minority communities but this race, I think, is going to be very different," she said. "There are so many people in the field and the numbers are so, so very close, if he even hopes to get this nomination he's going to reach out to groups he's never reached out to." She added that the meeting the pastors was a great way to start building bridges within the community.
"One thing I can tell you, he's always been candid and he tells it like it is - at least you know where he stands," she said about Trump. "But he has a lot of work to do. And he has to work on really mending some of the harm that he's caused with his words and his tone to some communities."
The Black Lives Matter movement was addressed during the meeting with the Trump. "We were talking about Black Lives Matter, and he said - yes, black lives matter but if I become president all lives will matter," she said. "I’ll have to build relationships with Latino communities with this community with that community, and he recognized and that, and they took him to task for it."
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