The statement from John McCann's campaign reads: "Dr. Darrell Scott endorses John McCann for Congress."
Who is Darrell Scott?
His Wikipedia page states: "As a minor, Scott aspired to be a drug dealer and pimp; Scott sold drugs, used cocaine, stole automobiles and took his father's 9mm pistol to school at age 16 and was expelled for it. While in his 20's, Scott became a born again Christian after being inspired by his wife who was born again months earlier, after a neighbor had urged her to attend church.
Scott is the founder and pastor of New Spirit Revival Center, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Scott's non-denominational church operates out of a former Jewish Synagogue built in 1924, a 115k square foot facility, that has a daycare, banquet hall and radio station, with 3,500 members as of 2005. The radio station broadcasts under call sign WCCD (1000 AM) – branded Radio 1000. WCCD."
In the 2016 presidential election, Darrell Scott became a prominent African-American supporter of Donald Trump. Speaking of Darrell Scott, candidate John McCann said: "Dr. Scott is an inspirational leader fighting for change in Washington. I look forward to going to Washington to work with our President and Dr. Scott to revitalize our communities and win for every American."
What does this mean?
Well, in March of last year, Darrell Scott suggested to the President of the United States that he was in contact with the "top gang thugs" in Chicago and that they would agree to "lower the body count" if the Trump administration would agree to "come and do some social programs."
Yeah, no shit.
There was a huge and damaging (to Trump) outcry over these comments and Darrell Scott had to walk them back. His excuse was that he was tired when he made the comments.
Here is a video and story from Fox News in Chicago:
But what we're interested in is where that title "Doctor" comes from. As Darrell Scott is a pastor, we are quite content to honor him with the title "Reverend," but "Doctor" indicates that he holds a "Doctorate" in some subject and Wikipedia doesn't list any institution of higher education that he attended.
So we looked into it a bit, and we discovered that Darrell Scott's "doctorate" is an honorary one, from an unaccredited institution. Out of respect for Darrell Scott, we will not go into the details, but we suggest to the McCann campaign that they update their statement to read "Rev. Darrell Scott" and leave "Dr." for those who have earned that title.