A woman working the phones to turn out voters for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Tuesday may have gotten more than she bargained for when she called Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott.
Scott, a top African-American surrogate for Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, told Yahoo News the woman called his cellphone while he was at Trump Tower ahead of the real estate mogul’s election night watch party. He was sitting outside Trump’s office with other campaign allies when the call came in.
“I was sitting here and somebody called me,” Scott recounted. “They said, ‘Hi Darrell … I’m calling from the Hillary Clinton campaign. Have you voted yet?’ I said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘Well, OK, well are you going to vote for Hillary?'”
Scott said he actually participated in early voting and cast a ballot for Trump last Saturday. He believed the Clinton campaign called him because it was reaching out to African-American voters from the Cleveland area. Ohio is a key state where the Clinton campaign has focused on pushing for high turnout among minorities in urban areas. However the campaign got his number, Scott’s answer was quite clear.
“Hell no. I’m voting for Trump. I hate Hillary. … I hate Hillary,” Scott said.
Scott said the woman tried to respond, but he cut her off.
“My whole family hates Hillary!” Scott said.
Scott then put the woman on speaker and let the other Trump allies at the Tower weigh in.
“I’ve got these people in the background. I held up my phone and everybody said, ‘We hate Hillary!'” Scott said with a laugh.
Scott said that the woman from the Clinton campaign was done at that point.
“Well then, OK, have a nice day,” the woman said, according to Scott.
“So far, that’s the highlight of my day, man,” Scott said.
Scott also spent some time sitting with Trump in his office. He described the candidate as “very, very optimistic” and “cool, calm and collected.”
“He’s sitting there at the table and he’s like a general at war,” Scott said.
According to Scott, Trump’s focus was on Florida as he pored over maps and data.
“OK, we’ve got to get Florida. If we get Florida, I think we’ll be all right. That might be tight, but I think we can get it,” Trump said, according to Scott.
Bruce LeVell, the executive director of National Diversity Coalition for Trump, was also present at the tower, but said he couldn’t reveal much about what was happening inside.
“It’s awesome, I could just say that,” LeVell said.