by Marvin Beach
CHARLOTTE, NC – A local African-American church is gaining national headlines after it’s pastor and several members endorsed Donald Trump for president.
Supporters at Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries tell WCCB they think Trump is the candidate who can bring jobs and opportunity to the black community.
They also say Trump can help lower crime and keep the country safe.
Lafonda Jackson says she’s tired of Democrats relying on the African-American vote.
“The GOP has been widely not recognized for what they have done for the Black community while the Democrats have garnered the support of the Black community without even having to campaign for it,” Jackson says.
Many though admit their view is not popular among most in the African-American community.
“Just from this event alone, today, there has been feedback. There is good, and how would you have the good without the bad? There has been a lot of negative feedback,” says East Charlotte resident Lanette Givens.
And though they know many will disagree, Trump supporters at the event say they just hope people will just keep an open mind.
“We know what the problems are. We are looking for someone to represent us, regardless of the color of our skin, to represent the best interest of the people and making things, better, making things greater, and making America great again,” Givens says.
Also attending the rally were Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara and Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault.