Top surrogates for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be at a Charlotte church on Sunday to headline an “African-American Church Town Hall Rally” designed to promote his campaign in this key swing state.
The lineup will include Lara Trump, the candidate's NC-born daughter-in-law; Omarosa Manigault, who appeared on “The Apprentice,” Trump's reality TV show and is now the campaign’s director of African-American outreach; and Katrina Pierson, a national spokesperson for the Trump campaign who regularly speaks for him on CNN and other news networks.
The event will begin at noon at Antioch Road to Glory Church, 3746 N. Davidson St.
Others set to speak: Pastor Mark Burns and Lynne Patton, vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation. Both spoke at the recent Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Diamond & Silk, a duo who won fame as video bloggers and YouTube celebrities, are also scheduled to be part of the program. So is Earl Phillip, N.C. state director of the Trump campaign.
Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, grew up in Wrightsville Beach and graduated from N.C. State University. She now works on the TV news show, “Inside Edition.”
Though the great majority of African-Americans in North Carolina are likely to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, the race in the state could be close. The Trump campaign apparently is betting it is worth the time and resources to try to woo away at least some black voters.
Lara Trump, Manigault and Pierson also will appear at Trump campaign events planned for Thursday night and Saturday afternoon at the Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville. The address: 120 Trump Square.