Pastor Mark Burns is getting plenty of social media buzz on Saturday. As seen in the below CNN video, titled “Trump surrogate confronted about faked biographical claims,” Pastor Burns appeared like a deer caught in car headlights during several points of the interview, when Mark was challenged over the claims once found in his website’s biography. Those statements included Pastor Burns’ bio at one point claiming membership in the large African-American based fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. Pastor Mark was also challenged over having a “Bachelors [sic] of Science” degree, as his website once claimed. Pastor Burn’s actual military experience was also revealed.
As a result of the controversy, more than 140,000 people are currently talking on Facebook about Pastor Burns, reports Facebook.
The findings by Victor Blackwell, the CNN journalist who interviewed Burns, seemed so shocking to Mark that Pastor Burns alternately blamed hacking for the inaccuracies of his biography, while at other times the pastor claimed that the info on his website was outdated. However, Wix provided CNN with a statement that said they found no evidence that Burns’ website was hacked.
Uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, September 3, the CNN interview quickly gained thousands of views and feedback.
Pastor Burns is a famous face in the Donald Trump campaign. As seen in the top photo above, Pastor Burns appeared larger than life in Cleveland on Monday, July 18. That’s the day that Pastor Burns gave a rousing benediction as the afternoon session of the Republican National Convention came to a close.
More recently, Pastor Burns — who hails from South Carolina and seemingly came out of nowhere, said a Republican Kappa Alpha Psi member shown in the CNN video — could be seen talking to anti-Trump protesters. The fiery brand of loud speaking by the evangelical pastor has won Pastor Burns a large role in the Trump campaign.
However, Pastor Burns ultimately apologized for overstating details discovered as untrue in his biography. During the interview with Blackwell, Pastor Mark blamed the media for attacking his integrity and tried to turn the conversation away from his controversial biography by claiming that the interview should have been off the record.
On Twitter, all sorts of reactions to Burns’ interview are flowing in to the social media platform.
Pastor Burns wrote his apology on Twitter but blamed the “attack” on him as one that happened because he is a black man supporting Trump.
“As a young man starting my church in Greenville, South Carolina, I overstated several details of my biography because I was worried I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a new pastor. 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 [sic] 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. For too long, African-American votes have been taken for granted by Democratic politicians, and enough is enough.”
“It’s a shame that the political insiders and the media choose to attack me because I’m not going to stay silent about Hillary Clinton’s pandering to our community. Instead, I’m going to tell people that there is another option — an option that represents a positive vision that will unify our country. That’s why I have and will continue to tirelessly support Mr. Trump. — Pastor Mark Burns.”
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