Black vote concentrated, but key in Trump-Clinton matchup

"He'll be here Saturday".

But when Trump returns this time to the Motor City, he will be hosted by none other than Bishop Wayne T. Jackson's Impact Network, recognized as one of the most popular and powerful Christian broadcasting networks in the nation as well as one of the nation's most successful black businesses. "Just like any visitor, there will be fellowship at the service, and he can talk to people one-on-one".

After more than a year of dog-whistles criticizing Black Lives Matter and years of controversial moves that some view as racist, Trump has spent the last few weeks arguing he'd be best for African Americans. His messaging so far and anything he's likely to say in Detroit is not intended for blacks, it's intended for potential white supporters.

"My congregation trusts my judgment".

They are the only voter group that does not ask their elected officials: "What have you done for me lately?"

"He will be talking to voters just like when he sits down with any news agency, like CNN". Let me, and let every voter hear for themselves.

Jackson told church members that the visit was planned and released a statement early Monday morning that the interview with Trump was neither a rally nor an endorsement of Trump's candidacy.

The visit would be Trump's third to MI since the Republican National Convention.

Jackson, whose network reaches 50 million homes in the USA including Puerto Rico and several countries in Africa and Canada, is set to interview Trump in his office at Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday after an 11 a.m. church service.

While it's not unusual for political candidates to ask interviewers to submit questions in advance, writing out detailed responses - and allowing those responses to leak - is much more rare.

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You see, I can't deal with a person that will insult my intelligence. He has documented complaints from folks that worked for his companies at Trump Tower that said he had discriminated against them; they were treated unfairly through the hiring practices while at the company. He also said Trump would not be addressing the congregation.

Renee Amoore, a local business leader, assured Trump that he has support in the black community, despite his low standing in public opinion surveys.

Q: What do you hope will come from this interview? This is not a Trump rally.

Jackson, who is a registered Democrat who has voted Republican before, said it is the criticism that he finds offensive.

Trump's message "has not connected".

Instead, it urges Trump to say, "The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding", and add, "Coming into a community is meaningless unless we offer an alternative to the frightful progressive agenda that has perpetuated a permanent underclass in America". "African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

"You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed - what the hell do you have to lose?", Trump asked a largely white audience during a pitch to Black voters in Dimondale, Michigan.

Only this time "The Donald" is coming in search of The Black Vote.

Clinton's declining support has, in large part, been attributed to a series of fierce attacks from the Trump campaign over the past few days. She also spoke at the NAACP's Fight for Freedom dinner in Detroit in May and made stops at several Detroit churches before the March 8 presidential primary in MI.

  • Douglas Reid