Black Baltimore Pastor Turns Down Trump W.H. Invite

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Donald Trump appears to believe that everyone of value politically has his belief system. POTUS is not pretending to be racist just to motivate an angry base. No, the president seems to have racism buried deep within his bones. After all, when a man comes from three generations of con men, it seems likely that nearly everyone but family is a mark. Check this out.

The president has been sending very mixed messages, to the point they are nearly dual personality tweets. Trump invited inner-city pastors to the White House at the very same time he attacked one of the most revered Democrats, the man who was nearly beaten to death marching with Martin Luther King, Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The commander-in-chief just sent out this tweet:

‘Looking forward to my meeting at 2:00 P.M. with wonderful Inner City Pastors!’

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An East Baltimore minister, Reverend Donte Hickman, had been on the schedule to have the president at his community center last winter, but then Trump had needed to cancel. Surprisingly on Monday, Hickman was invited to the White House to meet Donald Trump. Maybe, Trump saw the statistic where one in every four votes was by a member of the black community.

 

Hickman went to the White House last December, because he wanted to talk about how the president’s administration intended to help urban centers with issues of poverty and crime, but also offered the opportunity to increase job numbers and educational opportunities. The minister considered tax breaks for investors a partial solution for the nation’s cities. These could be called “opportunity zones.”

After that meeting, the president signed an executive order telling his federal agencies to see what they could do to help out the opportunity zones program. At the time, Trump said his order was for the purpose of helping communities like those that surround Hickman’s church.

Trump said:

‘This council will support communities like East Baltimore, where Pastor Donte Hickman is helping lead a groundbreaking project in the newly designated opportunity zone. He’s been an incredible leader.”’

The reverend said that he did not know whether this invitation had something to do with Trump’s many racist tweets the last three days, according to The Baltimore Sun. These tweets attacked Baltimore and Representative Cummings, a Baltimore representative.

Representative Cummings tweeted:

‘Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.’

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Reverend Hickman declined this invitation to go to the White House, because he was “unavailable.” The minister did say Monday that his invitation for Trump to come to Baltimore still stands open to him “to engage with and really see the community:”

‘I think it’s important for the president to engage with and really see the community of which he talks about and has talked about giving support to.’

 

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Hickman leads the Southern Baptist Church. He has met with private developers who see the opportunity zones as having great potential. However, the federal government would also have to designate additional public funds for revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods.

Hickman said:

‘This is a life or death moment for people living in the communities. I believe it’s above the personalities and rhetoric.’

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Hickman pointed to Trump’s tweet calling Cummings’ district “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” which could move toward the president toward accountability for Baltimore.

Hickman said:

‘We need more of his influence beyond the insults.’

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