Pastor denounces Donald Trump, with Mike Pence in the congregation


Sometimes a Christian pastor is required to minister to the least among us with the compassion and humility of Jesus Christ, and sometimes he's called upon to speak truth to power with the vehemence and thunder of an Old Testament prophet.

Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, said remarks in which Trump reportedly used the word "shithole" to describe African nations, Haiti and El Salvador were "dehumanizing" and "ugly".

The Metropolitan Baptist Church was founded in 1864, just one year after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

"And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong".

Sitting in the Pews was a very special guest: Vice President Mike Pence. "And they ought to be held accountable".

"Members of this church are from Africa, are from Haiti", the minister said in his sermon as he described Trump's "shithole" comment as a "hurtful, dehumanizing, visceral, guttural, ugly adjective that I can not repeat in church". While the President has denied using the term, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham have confirmed the truth of news reports documenting the meeting.

The network reported the pastor's statements left Pence red-faced.

The vice president's office disputed that description to.

Following the intense backlash and criticism from politicians, celebrities, activists and regular folks across the world, Trump presented the worst possible argument to defend himself.

During the service, Watson received a standing ovation when he addressed Trump's comments, according to video of the event provided by the church. Trump asked the reporters without getting into the specifics of what he may or may not have said.