Los Angeles Times

On eve of King Day, African-Americans reflect on Trump presidency and challenges ahead

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock had not planned to mention the words "Donald Trump."

It was the day before Martin Luther King's birthday, and Warnock was going to focus elsewhere.

But after the president was said to call African countries, El Salvador and Haiti "shithole" places last week, Warnock changed his mind.

He went all in. Trump is "a willfully ignorant, racist, xenophobic, narcissistic con man," he said to a largely black crowd of more than 1,000 that came to celebrate King at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. All races, he said, must stand up to the president and those he denigrates.

More than 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles on Sunday morning, the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd was met with murmurs of disapproval when he urged his mostly African-American congregation to pray for Trump

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