(Politico: Rebecca Morin) — A Donald Trump surrogate who spoke at the Republican National Convention admitted he “overstated several details” of his biography after a CNN segment fact-checked claims made by the pastor.
In a pre-recorded interview with Victor Blackwell on “New Day Weekend,” Pastor Mark Burns was asked about his online bio, which included claims that he graduated from North Greenville University, that he served in the Army Reserves, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically African-American fraternity.
In Burns’ biography, it said the pastor, who has played a key role in the Republican nominee’s outreach to African-Americans, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Greenville University. Blackwell asked if Burns attended the university, which he said he did attend, but did not graduate from.
The university told CNN Burns was enrolled for one semester at the university. The interview also revealed that Burns served in the South Carolina National Reserves, and was not a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
“As a young man starting my church in Greenville, South Carolina, I overstated several details of my biography because I was worried wouldn’t be taken seriously as a new pastor,” Burns said in a statement Friday, pre-butting the report. “This was wrong, I wasn’t truthful then and I have to take full responsibility for my actions. Since that time I should have taken steps to correct any misrepresentations of my background. We all make mistakes, and I hope that the measure of my character and the quality of my works speak for what kind of person I am.”
“I do also want to set the record straight about why this attack is happening — because I am a black man supporting Donald Trump for President,” he continued. “For too long, African-American votes have been taken for granted by Democratic politicians, and enough is enough Instead, I’m going to tell people that there is another option — an option that represents a position vision that will unify our country. That’s why I have and will continue to tirelessly support Mr. Trump.”
Burns recently came under fire after posting a cartoon on Twitter of Hillary Clinton in blackface.
Editor’s note: Burns is true to the Trump tradition. First he lies, when caught he “apologizes” for lying, then he blames the Democrats for making him lie to gain the credibility to support Trump. The fact is, he is not credible because he doesn’t have the credentials he claims. So he should just come out and say “I’m another uneducated ignoramus and I support Donald Trump”. After all, that’s Trump’s base–died in the wool Hillary haters and morons.