Trump’s Outreach Won’t Include Speaking

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Rather than deliver his usual spiel about black voters choosing him over Hillary Clinton because they have "nothing to lose" in front of an all-white audience, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scheduled a visit to the Great Faith Ministries church in Detroit this week.

But Trump will not actually speak to black voters or members of the church.

Trump won't be speaking to the black congregation at Great Faith Ministries International during the 11 a.m. service. And his Saturday interview with Jackson on the church's Impact Network — which will not be open to the public or the news media — won't air for at least a week after the event.

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson reportedly said speaking with him during a private meeting is just as good as speaking to the congregation.

Color me skeptical. I'm not familiar with Bishop Jackson, but arranging a private meeting with Trump that will only be aired on your own private television network looks extremely shady. It looks like a grift.

Average voters in Detroit will not have an opportunity to ask Trump why he believes they live in a hellscape where people are shot on every street corner.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Grift? Sounds more like a bribe to me. But does it matter? Will someone in the media corner the Bishop over what Trump promised him for this circus display? I doubt it.

  • muselet

    Trump’s first foray as a presidential candidate into a church of African Americans was initially billed as a speech to the congregation to lay out his policies that impact minorities, followed by the interview with Jackson.

    That would have made more sense, which I suppose explains why it won’t happen that way.

    Jackson said he wasn’t disappointed that Trump won’t be speaking directly to the voters in his congregation. He said his interview was the same thing.

    “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.”

    The Detroit Free Press helpfully informs us that the Impact Network claims to reach 50 million homes, so yeah, just like any news agency. Only smaller.

    I have no idea what Bishop Wayne T Jackson’s motives are in this. I hope he invited Donald Trump out of a sense of civic responsibility, and I hope he asks tough-but-fair questions.

    For myself, I will withhold judgment until the interview is aired. On the Impact Network. To its 50-million–household potential audience.


    • ninjaf

      Otherwise, his “judgement” might be construed as preaching/politicking from the pulpit.