*Look for hell to freeze over. That’s because Donald Trump actually appeared before a black audience. And said something nice even though it was scripted and was obviously what he was supposed to do ’cause he’s looking for votes.
On Saturday, the Republican presidential candidate gave props to the folks at the Greater Faith Ministries International as he made his first direct outreach to African-American voters.
“I will always support your church always and defend your right to worship,” said Trump, who was introduced by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson to what could only be described as polite applause.
Trump said that it was from black churches “all across this land that the civil rights movement lifted up its soul and lifted up our nation. It’s from these pews that our nation has been inspired.”
He went on to highlighted issues such as fighting for good-paying jobs, expanded school choice and a civil rights agenda in his first campaign appearance before a predominantly black audience. He acknowledged the discrimination blacks still face in the country and pledged to work to heal it.
Reading from a script for about 10 minutes, he said, “We’re all brothers and sisters. We must love each other and support each other, and we are all in this together.”
“Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on.”
Trump said he was there “to learn so that we can together remedy injustice in any form. and so that we can also remedy economics, and so that the African-American community can benefit … through jobs and income.”
Prior to the service, he shook hands with the audience and showed off a baby to the congregation. Of course you won’t be surprised to learn he sat in the service with Omarosa Manigualt, his director of African-American outreach.
Trump also introduced and hugged native Detroiter Dr. Ben Carson, who ran against him in the Republican presidential primaries and now is an adviser. Carson took Trump on a tour of a southwest Detroit neighborhood after the service — an area where the retired neurosurgeon grew up.
Meanwhile, Trump said Saturday he plans to make a trip to water crisis-stricken Flint “at some point” in the presidential election campaign.
Flint has been dealing with lead contamination in its drinking water since the state of Michigan officially recognized the problem in October 2015. Residents still can’t drink the water unless they use filters, and many still rely on shipments of bottled water.
“I think it’s a horror show that it was allowed to happen and to be honest with you it should have never, ever been allowed to happen,” Trump said Saturday in an interview with The Detroit News. “That was really the problem.”