Perplexed pundits pondering the rise of Donald Trump
to the position of presumptive Republican presidential nominee
rarely conclude that deep and reflective thought is involved on the
part of his supporters. Speaking to an overflowing assembly of
members and guests of the Cuyahoga Valley Republicans at the
Brecksville Library on June 28, 2016, The Reverend Darrell Scott
provided unique insights based upon his personal meetings with Mr.
Reverend Scott, senior pastor of the New Spirit Revival Center in
Cleveland Hts., Ohio first met Mr. Trump in New York six years ago
and was stuck by the little things he observed, such as the genuine
warmth and friendliness he witnessed between street vendors and
newspaper stand owners and Mr. Trump. While Mr. Trump was raised in
a successful real estate environment, Reverend Scott explains that
Mr. Trump was not coddled, but rather was on construction sites with
those who do the hard work of bringing buildings to life and his
continued connection and caring for the well-being of those beyond
the executive suite is sincere.
As pastors are certainly courted by both major political parties,
Reverend Scott was on the alert for any sense of insincerity, and
states that instead he found Mr. Trump to be not only gracious and
respectful, but an exceptionally good listener.
To critics who note that Mr. Trump has changed his positions on
various issues over time, Reverend Scott responds that wise men
change and only fools stay the same. He suggested that people might
reflect upon how their own opinions may have changed through the
course of their respective life experiences.
Reverend Scott pointed out that while he himself has been criticized
for supporting Mr. Trump, he has always voted for the person, not
the party, and has therefore voted for both Democrat and Republican
candidates in the past.
Perhaps most importantly, Reverend Scott believes that Mr. Trump’s
motives are pure, stemming from a sincere desire to serve his
country, as Mr. Trump surely has the means to live out his life in
In addition to his busy life as a pastor, Reverend Scott has also
organized the National Diversity Coalition for Trump (ndctrump.com)
which seeks to educate voters with respect to Mr. Trump’s solutions
for the challenges facing the U.S.
Speaking after the event, Dr. Don Moorehead, Vice-President of the
Cuyahoga Valley Republicans stated that he intends to vote for Mr.
Trump, and Dom Sciria, President of the Cuyahoga Valley Republicans
stated that he believes that Mr. Trump is a strong advocate for the
For Trump supporters who feel vilified by the opposition and thus
reticent to discuss their support, Reverend Scott offered this final
bit of advice: “We all learn from disagreements, and your true
friends will not sever relationships over politics.”