Pastor Darrell Scott, appearing on behalf of Donald Trump, criticized black groups for shunning Trump over his racist comments and beliefs, and complained that black Americans should have "intercourse" with him.
Pastor Darrell Scott, an ally and apparent confidante of Donald Trump, argued that black Americans need to "have intercourse" with Trump, rather than shun him for his racist views.
Scott appeared as part of a panel discussion on MSNBC, reacting to Trump's appearance at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
Trump was shunned by civil rights icon John Lewis, who declined to attend after Trump was invited, as did other leaders in the region. The NAACP also asked him not to attend, citing his history of racially insensitive and divisive comments.
Responding to his fellow panelists — including former NAACP head Ben Jealous and activist and TV host Al Sharpton, who were both skeptical of Trump's supposed outreach to minority communities — Scott was vehement in his condemnation of the rebukes to Trump's racist attitude.
"Blacks as a whole decline to have anything to do with President Trump, and then they refuse to have intercourse with him and then criticize him for not having intercourse," Scott rambled.
SCOTT: So, let's have this conversation. Let's not make excuses for why this conversation can't be had. The door is open at the White House to have this conversation. The Congressional Black Caucus was invited there, they declined to come. Blacks as a whole refuse to have anything to do with President Trump, and then they refuse to have intercourse with him and then criticize him for not having intercourse.
Scott is a pastor from the Cleveland area who reportedly regularly huddles with members of Trump's inner circle, and noted on MSNBC that he is in regular contact with Trump himself. Speaking about Trump's political operation, Scott told Cleveland.com, "They're family. They look at me as family and I look at them as family."
During the presidential campaign, Scott co-created a group called "National Diversity Coalition for Trump."
Groups like the Congressional Black Caucus have avoided Trump's overtures, declining to be used by his administration as the backdrop for photo ops. They learned their lesson from the debacle that occurred after Trump hosted the heads of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), only to give those schools the shaft when it came time to fund them.
Trump, of course, has a long and sordid history of racist comments, and since securing his office, it has only gotten worse.
Most Americans are not in line with Trump, and his approval ratings have been underwater for his entire tenure. But among the ethnic communities that he has targeted for punishment — either through policy or rhetoric — that support is even worse.
In Pew's most recent poll, Trump had 14 percent support with black voters, and 17 percent with Latinos. When President Barack Obama left office, he had 92 percent support amongst blacks and 69 percent with Latino voters.
These communities have always been skeptical of Trump, and watching his performance has only made them more negative.
So of course, the organizations reflecting those voters' concerns would shun Trump. They have a lot to lose, and "having intercourse" with Trump will not help.