The Coalition of African American Pastors convened in Washington on Saturday to formally stand against the “current sabotage that is inspiring civil unrest against the new president,” according to Breitbart.
The move was made to “denounce racial over tones against President-elect Donald Trump and challenge other black leaders to cease pushing division among people of color for political expediency,” said the Rev. William Owens, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama.
“Leadership has to be proven,” Owens said, according to Breitbart. “The current path by Democrats and some Republicans is aimed strategically to disrupt, where in the end, it’s the citizenry that will lose; we need strong leadership to move America forward.”
According to Owens, the idea of giving Trump a chance resonates on a personal level — Owens has spent a good portion of his life empowering kids who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise to go to college under “Give Me A Chance Ministries.”
Donald Trump “must have the same platform — the chance to prove himself president, without intentional bombardment from both sides of the aisle,” Owens said.
Owens did not speak only of people who need chances extended to them, but also of men who have been given the chance and failed.
Specifically, he said the the Rev. Al Sharpton should “consider discussing the disastrous policies his office has sometimes promoted – policies that serve to entrap blacks and minorities in a cycle of dependency and require their allegiance to a party and system that does not serve their interests.”
Owens echoed many of the same themes in a Jan. 15 interview with Fox News:
Donald Trump has not even taken office yet, and still politicians and protesters have started in on his incoming administration, even plotting acts of outright sabotage against his inauguration.
Trump needs to be given a chance.
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