And then there are the endorsements you don't want...
Donald Trump's efforts attempt to change the image of his campaign as "the bigoted one" may have backfired Monday. After a failed attempt to secure the support of a group of African American clergy, the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful walked away with glowing endorsement from virulently homophobic Rev. James David Manning, a.k.a. "The Harlem Hate Pastor."
Known widely for the anti-gay statements posted to the sign outside his church that included "Obama has unleashed the homo demons..." as well as his outrageous claims like "Starbucks uses sodomite semen in their lattes," Manning enthusiastically pledged his support to Trump.
"Mr. Trump realizes why black people are going to vote for him," Manning said. "He is truthful - forget about him not being politically correct. He loves America, I believe that he does."
Manning's history with Trump hasn't always been positive. In 2011, he had to apologize to Trump for lumping him in with Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright.
"Both who aligned themselves with Obama, the long-legged mac daddy," according to Manning.
Since then, Manning's rhetoric on Trump has changed. In June, 2015, he voiced early support of his campaign in light of the billionaire's history of challenging the validity of President Obama's birth certificate.
"The reason why people are resonating with Donald Trump is because Donald Trump is not afraid of Obama," he said on his YouTube channel.. "Donald Trump is the only person running for president that knows Obama is a flat-out communist, socialist, not-born-in-america, unconstitutional."