On Monday afternoon, Pastor Mark Burns, co-founder of the NOW television network, one of the many black pastors who met with Donald Trump Monday afternoon, announced his support for the Republican presidential hopeful and shared the large amount of praise Trump received from his religious colleagues.
"This meeting was extremely successful," the pastor said on MSNBC. "There was extremely strong support. He received many, many endorsements from the pastors that were there. It was a jam-packed room, standing support for Mr. Trump. Very good dialogue that we had back and forth and Donald Trump made it very clear that he's willing to do whatever it takes to win the black vote."
"There were signed endorsement cards that were handed out," Burns explained. "And there were many of them. I didn't get an accurate count because people were handing them over."
Asked by MSNBC's Kate Snow to respond to another pastor at the meeting who said he was not pleased with Trump, Burns had no idea who the person was.
"[MSNBC anchor] Thomas Roberts had a pastor on with him maybe two hours ago, who said he's absolutely not endorsing Donald Trump and was attending that meeting with you, and said, I feel, this was his words. He said, 'I don't think he speaks to the African American community. I think he's said things that are disparaging about Latinos and minorities.' He was pointing to a number of things where he sees conflict with Donald Trump," Snow said.
Burns called the claim a "fabrication" and made it clear that his endorsement came with no strings attached and he is not receiving anything from Trump:
I don't know who you're speaking about, but trust me, when I tell you, I'm not an Uncle Tom, no coon, nobody's been paid. I have not been offered a position. This is me looking at the politics, and looking at an individual, a strong leader that i believe that's going to bridge and bring a strength back to America.
And in that room, there were pastors from all across the country, that were showing their support, many of them signed actual documents, endorsement cards, showing their support... this preposterous tone of offensive things that he said about Latinos in the meeting, it's a fabrication.
"Remember, Rome wasn't built in a single day," he said of Trump's gap in the African-American community.
"Black lives matter. White lives matter. To him all lives matter," the pastor said.