“It’s gonna be an uphill battle, I will tell you that now,” said the Reverend James David Manning. “But we’re going to have a Harlem for Donald Trump.”
He was one of several pastors who met with the candidate on Monday at Trump Tower.
Manning is infamous for claiming that Starbucks flavors their lattes with “gay semen.”
He’s also suggested boycotting every “sodomite-friendly” business in America.
Speaking on a recent installment of The Manning Report, he claims Trump was “one of the wisest, most patient, humble, gracious—yet strongest leader I have ever encountered in all the days of my life.”
“I realize that I am a lightning rod. I use language people don’t like. I call people faggots. I call people niggers. I call people white trash. I call people crackers. And I will continue to. I’m not going to stop.”
“But I recognize that because of that, one could easily say, ‘Well, you know, Trump is aligned with James David Manning and James David Manning is known for hating black people or white people. But that doesn’t stop me from offering my support, or more specifically, from offering a word of enlightenment to the people in the Harlem Community.”
Manning runs ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church on 36 West 123rd Street in New York City. A large sign erected about the red brick building has featured such messages as “WHEN THE HOMOS BULLIED THE POOR AND NEEDY IN SODOM LIKE THEY DO IN HARLEM JESUS FIRE & BRIM-STONED THEM” and ““OBAMA HAS RELEASED THE HOMO DEMONS ON THE BLACK MAN. LOOK OUT BLACK WOMAN. A WHITE HOMO MAY TAKE YOUR MAN.”
Speaking with The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi in September 2014, he told her:
“Everything in the universe condemns homosexuality,” he said. “There’s opposites in the universe. There’s light, there’s dark. There’s moon, there’s suns around it. There’s planets and there’s galaxies. The same basic physics principles that exist here on earth exist in the universe. You have the atom, which has the neutron, the electron, the proton. So through that process, energy is developed. This is pretty consistent throughout the entire universe. The only thing in the universe that believes that one of one thing is sufficient are homosexuals.”
As Nuzzi astutely puts it, “At the time, Manning sounded nuts. Now, what he said sounds like something Trump or Ben Carson might say at a rally and double down on in a Meet the Press appearance.”