Rev. Bill Owen was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon. Lemon seemed to be against the pastor because of his willingness to work with Trump to better the lives of inner-city youth. He questioned his faith and made pointed questions meant to discredit him. The pastor defended himself the best he could against the hateful Lemon.
“So the president tweeted today he was looking forward to his meeting with wonderful inner-city pastors,” said Lemon. “Any concern for you that the president used this meeting with black leaders to insulate himself from the criticism?”
“I don’t think so. I don’t think that at all because I have been to the White House four times in five months,” Owens explained. “So it was nothing about insulating him from anything. He wanted to hear from us, what our concerns were and what he could do to help us.”
“So I know it’s hard for you, you think it’s hard to believe that Trump is racist,” Lemon said. “But he’s repeatedly used racially-charged language. He consistently attacks black and brown elected leaders. So, why is that hard to believe, pastor?”
“I find President Trump a leader of all colors. He attacks whom he will. He’s his own man. And I can’t dictate what he should or shouldn’t do. But he does not just attack black people,” answered Owens. “He attacks anybody, and you know it.”
“So, as a man of faith, as a Christian, you’re saying he attacks anyone. It sounds like you’re condoning attacks? Is that Christianly or godly?” Lemon asked attacking the reverend’s faith.
“I’m just stating a statement of fact,” the pastor pushed back. “I’m not condoning anything. I’m stating a statement of fact. President Trump does not pick the people he attacks because of color. He attacks anybody he feels needs it.”
“Is that okay with you?” Lemon pressed.
“Well, I’m not his judge,” responded Owens.
Rev Owen then discussed his past to which Lemon redirected him.
“I was criticized then, and I’m criticized now directly and indirectly for meeting with the president,” Owens explained to Lemon. “What I’m trying to say is that I do what I can to help our young people, wherever that is, however that is, and I have an agenda to help our black young people and poor people of any color throughout this country. I’ve done it, and I’ll do it again, and I will work with this president on that agenda.”
“Did you work with President Barack Obama on that agenda?” Lemon asked once again jabbed at the pastor.
“I worked with all presidents on that agenda — all presidents. I work with anybody who wants to help this country and help our inner-city young people. I don’t want them to have to go through what I went through to get where I am. Thank God I’m blessed; starting from nothing on the other side of scratch, I have three university degrees because God blessed me and this great country,” replied defending his neutral stance.
Lemon can’t stand anyone who would work with Trump regardless of the motivation, Here was a pastor doing charitable work and Lemon went out of his way to try and bash him. It seems there is no limit to depth of his Trump hate.