By Victor Ochieng
A top pro Donald Trump pastor was caught lying on live television about his college degree and military service. The color contact rocking man of God had a contentious argument with CNN anchor Victor Blackwell before he finally admitted to having made false claims on his website about his credentials.
On his church’s website, Pastor Mark Burns, the Black pastor who gave a “powerful” speech during the Republican National Convention, made claims that he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and served six years in the Army Reserve.
CNN, however, found out that the Trump surrogate never served in the U.S. military and was only in the South Carolina National Guard for some time before he was discharged of his duties in 2008.
With regards to his college information, CNN reached out to North Greenville University, from where the pastor claims to have earned his bachelor’s. The school told the outlet that Burns was their student for only a semester.
At first the pastor said either his church website had been “manipulated,” “hacked or added.”
Wix, the host of Burns’ website, however, said there was no evidence whatsoever that the website had been compromised.
“This is not fair at all,” Burns told Blackwell during the interview. “I thought we were doing a profile and all of a sudden you’re here to try to destroy my character.”
In a very sober response, Blackwell responded, saying, “I’m not here to destroy your character.”
At some point in the interview, Burns even said he thought the interview was off the record to which Blackwell replied, saying, “I didn’t agree to that.”
The interview was too much for Burns to handle that he cut it short by simply walking away.
On a follow up with the Trump team, CNN received a statement from Burns, which partly read, “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.”
He also said he didn’t know whether or not he’d been vetted by the Trump campaign team.
The false information becomes a big dent on the Trump campaign since Burns has been introducing the GOP candidate whenever he goes out for his rallies.