Bermudian among black pastors to meet Trump
A Bermudian pastor and motivational speaker has entered the media spotlight after meeting with presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Cindy Trimm, a pastor in Henry County, Georgia, was one of many black pastors and leaders who were invited to take part in a meeting with the Republican front-runner at Trump Tower on Monday.
While the Trump campaign had suggested that the meeting would lead to an endorsement for the candidate, it was announced on Sunday that it would be held behind closed doors after some invitees stated they had not made up their minds.
Mr Trump claimed in an interview that the pastors had been pressured not to endorse him by members of the Black Lives Matter campaign. His campaign has been marked by controversy, in large part due to his comments about Muslims, Hispanics and the Black Lives campaign.
After the 2½-hour meeting, Dr Trimm, a former United Bermuda Party senator, was one of several figures who spoke to reporters at an ad hoc press conference.
Standing next to the candidate, she said: “Concerning the issue of racial slurs and racial comments he has made, it was addressed head-on and we are walking away with a feeling that, perhaps, after more conversation, we will be able to echo the tone at the top as a voice of those that are lacking a voice.”
She was also quoted as saying that the group had come to “a conclusion that Mr Trump is, in fact, hoping to build cultures of empowerment in the minority community”.
Mr Trump himself described the meeting as “amazing”, claiming he had “many, many endorsements” out of the meeting.
Earlier, Dr Trimm had posted on Facebook, stating that she had not endorsed anyone for president, adding: “I am attending this meeting for a greater cause — unity.
“We, the people, need a leader who can command the respect and admiration of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and races by putting into action a committed stand for all things right. We need a leader who will listen to the concerns of minorities and not turn a blind eye on the challenges that minorities encounter daily.
“I step forward as a leader to say that I am willing to partner with those who are aligned with a passion to leave this world a better place and who are ablaze with the possibility of doing so within our lifetime and generation.”
Dr Trimm served as a UBP senator for 16 months before stepping down in 1992 to further her ministerial training and pursue a degree in public administration.