Trump Preaches Unity and Says He Will Push a 'Civil Rights Agenda' During Visit to African-American Church
Donald Trump addressed member's of Detroit's Great Faith Ministries church
In his latest effort to win over minority voters, Donald Trump on Saturday addressed a largely African-American audience in Detroit, delivering a message of unity in a speech out of character for the opinionated, outspoken candidate.
The 70-year-old GOP nominee spoke softly as he addressed members of the Great Faith Ministries, focusing on economic hardship and praising the African-American church for being the “conscience of this country.”
“The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people,” he said.
“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.”
He added: “I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time.”
He concluded his speech with a scripture from the Bible.
His visit to the church was met with protests, according to NBC News, with demonstrators outside the building shouting “No Trump!” and holding signs that read “No hate in the White House.”
According to Politico reporter Shane Goldmacher, many seats in the church were empty when Trump arrived at the church.
After his speech, the presidential hopeful toured Detroit neighborhoods with Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault, who was recently appointed as Trump’s director of African-American outreach for his campaign.
The Detroit church visit is just Trump’s latest effort to woo minorities – specifically African-American and Hispanic voters. He recently visited Mexico to meet with the country’s president Enrique Peña Nieto.
Last month, Trump spoke at a Minnesota rally asking what African-Americans “have to lose” by voting for him as he spoke to the majority white crowd.
“You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
Ahead of his recent efforts, Trump’s campaign has been marred by controversial remarks from the candidate about minorities, women and immigrants, including a call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States and implying that Mexican immigrants are rapists. (He later backed down on his Muslim ban and clarified that he didn’t mean to imply that all Mexican immigrants are rapists.)