For the past few weeks, pundits and the public have wondered why Donald Trump is constantly telling the African American community that he will save them if he becomes president, but has been unwilling to actually visit a black community. Trump famously said to black voters (in front of a white audience), “What do you have to lose”.
So Saturday morning Trump addressed the congregation at the Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, and it didn’t go as well as planned. First, the church was only have filled, and second, Trump had a prepared speech and rarely looked up from the podium while he recited the words in front of him. He was also accompanied by Omarosa Manigault, the head of his African-American outreach program.
Trump’s visit was also marked by protests outside of the church ahead of his arrival.
In his speech, Trump said, “For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. So true. The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people.”
Trump told the audience he was there to “listen to your message” and said he hoped his appearance would “also help your voice to reach new audiences in our country.” He said he would lay out his plans for economic change and school choice — issues that he said would benefit black communities — in the future.
“Our nation is too divided,” said Trump, who spoke in a measured tone. “We talk past each other and not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on. I’m here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways.”
After Trump finished speaking, the church’s pastor, Bishop Wayne Jackson, draped a prayer shawl from Israel over Trump’s shoulders and handed him a Bible.
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