Donald Trump has been pandering to African-Americans in recent weeks and has faced criticism because he has been giving his “minority outreach” speeches to white crowds. As a result, the Republican nominee is now trying to prove how not racist he is by visiting a black church in Detroit. But apparently, he
But apparently, he doesn’t have the guts to actually get up in front of the African American congregation and tell them they have nothing to lose by voting for him since their lives suck anyway, which is what his so-called “minority outreach” amounts to.
Trump will attend a service at Great Faith Ministries and afterwards he will hold a one-on-one interview with the congregation’s leader, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. But he has no intention of actually speaking to the congregation himself. He originally said that he would address the congregation and speak about his policies and how they would affect the black community. However, those plans have changed.
He’ll be here Saturday. He’s going to sit in service and have the experience in the black church, and then he and I will be in this office and do an interview for the Impact Network that will be aired later on,” Jackson said. “Just like any visitor, there will be fellowship at the service, and he can talk to people one-on-one.”
According to Jackson, he wasn’t disappointed that Trump chickened out of his previous plans to speak to the congregation and neither were his parishioners.
My congregation trusts my judgment. They know that I’m not going to put anything or anyone in front of them that I feel is going to be harmful, and I feel we should have an educated conversation about what you’re going to do,” he said.
“He will be talking to voters just like when he sits down with any news agency, like CNN. Every time he’s on Fox or MSNBC, he’s talking to voters.”
Jackson said the first question he plans to ask Trump is if he is Christian. He also wants to ask the GOP nominee if he is a racist “because so many people think that’s what you are.”
“His candidacy has stirred up a lot of emotions with people saying he’s a racist, and people saying, ‘I don’t want to hear him’ and ‘How could you bring him here,'” he said. “He’s coming to be interviewed. This is not a Trump rally. This is an opportunity for a dialogue.”
Despite his recent efforts at “minority outreach,” Trump is still struggling when it comes to people of color. He is doing so bad actually, that a recent poll found that bedbugs and the Bubonic plague were more popular among African Americans and Hispanics than the bigoted billionaire.
Jackson said he believes that Trump “has not connected” with minority voters.
“He needs to come to African-American communities,” he said. “You can’t talk to African-Americans in white venues.”
Trump, like usual, is half-assing it. He is going to the black church, which will no doubt provide some great photo ops to prove that he isn’t a raging bigot (even though he’s endorsed by the KKK). But, the important part, the actually speaking to black people part? Nope. He’s decided to just skip that altogether.
Watch Bishop Wayne T. Jackson discuss Trump’s upcoming visit to Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, here:
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.