In the wake of his ongoing racist tirade against people of color that has most recently been laser-focused on Black leaders, President Donald Trump called a meeting with a group of “Inner City Pastors” on Monday. While the purpose of the meeting wasn’t announced, it appeared to be damage control after a weekend of labeling Baltimore, a predominately Black city, as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and disparaging Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings in a tweet that many people called racist.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted out several photos showing him meeting with a group of smiling “inner city Pastors” following what he called a “productive” meeting, though whatever they discussed was not immediately disclosed. “These Pastors have put their faith to work in their own communities, revitalizing inner cities and delivering positive results while working with President @realDonaldTrump on so many important initiatives,” Pence added.
However, there was apparently one invitee who turned down Trump’s request to meet at the White House. The Rev. Donte Hickman said he was “unavailable” to meet, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Hickman’s absence could have been returning the same favor to Trump. The president snubbed the East Baltimore pastor last year and canceled a trip to visit him in Charm City. Hickman seemed to hint to the Sun on Monday that Trump should visit Baltimore to better understand the place he was tweeting about but has not officially visited as president.
“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,” Hickman told the Sun on Monday.
One of the people who attended Monday’s “Inner City Pastors” meeting with Trump was Alveda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King‘s niece, who was, like her fellow attendees, showing all her teeth. She famously insisted last year that Trump isn’t “a racist in the traditional sense,” a sentiment that underscores why she was probably invited in the first place.
But aside from the overt play to keep trying to convince people that he doesn’t “have a Racist bone” in his body, perhaps the biggest takeaway from Monday’s meeting was how Trump labeled the folks he met with. “Inner City Pastors” was a top trending term on Twitter Monday afternoon following his tweet announcing the meeting, making those three words ripe for users to mock as everything from racist to an imaginary name for a boy band. Scroll down to see the Twitter treatment for Trump’s latest denial of being the racist that he very much is.
Inner city pastors? And people wonder why he gets called racist. 🙄 I swear this ish is really getting old. I wish there was a mute button for humans. pic.twitter.com/r6zu0bH0jf— Angelique Soul Sanctuary (@angeliquesoul) July 29, 2019
I thought the Inner City Pastors were one of the street gangs from The Warriors - The Baseball Furies, The Boppers, The Gramercy Riffs, The Lizzies, The Jones Street Boys, and the Inner City Pastors. pic.twitter.com/SYwRIvmShE— Ben+ (@benliebmann) July 29, 2019
Actually Diamond & Silk are inner city pastors in Exactly the same way you we're working a Ground Zero on Sept 12 2001. pic.twitter.com/5xcoSF6iwg— Cameron Lewis (@yoURDATAisyours) July 29, 2019
wonderful Inner City Pastors? What POS "man of the cloth" would meet with Trump pic.twitter.com/jkyVDOymaJ— Trumpsterdiver (@norangehitler16) July 29, 2019
I just have to wonder who these inner city pastors are. I just can’t see anyone from the inner city having any trust in Conman Trump. They have to deal with conmen all the time and are not fooled by his lies like your average white KKK loving MAGAt is. pic.twitter.com/LDXIk3OEKv— Seeker of Fidelity (@KEN77934032) July 29, 2019
Inner city life. Inner city Pastors. pic.twitter.com/7sNqCUl9PG— Amy Sutton (@AmyatEnjoy) July 29, 2019
Inner City pastors...capitalized. pic.twitter.com/G05CpAnAYt— Cray Craig (@Craig_RINV) July 29, 2019