Donald Trump spoke directly to black voters in a Detroit church on Saturday, and he brought with him a message of unity and a promise to work together with all Americans to “remedy injustice in any form” if he is elected in the upcoming November general election.
“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 is going on.”
His message can be viewed on a YouTube video of the event.
From the video recording of this event, it appears Trump was well-received by the churchgoers gathered at Great Faith Ministries. They did come to listen to the 2016 Republican candidate speak, and his unity message in the beleaguered city of Detroit seemed to resonate with them.
Trump giving a unity message and stating that it was “the greatest honor of my life” to be “the nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln” may not get him out of single digits among all black voters, but the candidate seemed to be earning some respect for not taking everyone for granted either. The interplay between Trump and his hosts Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, his wife, and the community of faith appeared genuine and respectful.
“It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the party, but more importantly, the future of the country.”
Twitter users also seemed to react to Trump’s message of unity.
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) September 4, 2016
New York Times writers Amiche Alcindor and Alexander Burns wrote about the effort made by the candidate Trump as well and quoted his remarks from a portion of the speech Trump made Saturday.
“I fully understand that the African-American community has suffered from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right. For any who are hurting: Things are going to turn around. Tomorrow will be better.”
As part of his continued effort to appeal to minority voters, the GOP presidential nominee visited the church on Saturday and taped an interview with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson beforehand.
“I’m here today to learn so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so we can also remedy economics so African-American communities can benefit economically through jobs and income.”
But Trump went beyond the unity message too. He is a businessman, and as such, he also went beyond the unity message and spoke about creating something more for everyone.
“I want to help you build and to rebuild Detroit.”
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and a former resident of Detroit in his childhood, traveled with Trump to the church, per the information posted online by the Detroit Free Press. It was expected that Dr. Carson would also give a tour of the neighborhoods to Trump, according to the story. Another Detroit Free Press article mentioned that Trump also appeared with a former Apprentice contestant, Omarosa Manigualt. Writers John Wisely, Elisha Anderson, and Kathleen Gray stated that Trump did pay a visit to Dr. Carson’s childhood home in southwest Detroit.
Trump’s unity message in Detroit does not seem to be appreciated by his rivals in the Hillary Clinton campaign, per the story over at the Hill. A Clinton aide, Marlon Marshall, said in his own prepared statement to press that Trump’s message in Detroit was a gimmick.
“Donald Trump’s latest gimmick to act as if he cares about the black community is downright shameful, insulting and cowardly.”
But of course, this attack on Trump and his message of unity to Detroit’s African-American community comes at a time when Hillary Clinton’s health and judgment has become an issue for voters after the FBI report released on Friday.
Likely, some are nervously suffering through a long weekend for the candidate, per the Inquisitr report regarding her 2012 concussion and subsequent issues of memory loss and ongoing health and judgment problems. Clinton has been relying upon her underlings and people around her for help all this time, according to the report from FBI.
After Trump delivered his message of unity in what appears to be a first visit to the black church in Detroit, he left them with a quote from the Bible: 1 John 4:12.
“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
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