Trump courts black voters with visit to Detroit church
REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Donald Trump promised African Americans prosperity and jobs in a tempered speech to black churchgoers in a US city famous as a symbol of economic and urban decline.
Setting aside his usual stridency, Mr Trump adopted a humble tone, telling his audience at Great Faith Ministries International that he came to listen, expressing sympathy for the out-of-work young men he had seen on boarded-up Detroit streets.
“Nothing is more sad than when we sideline young black men with unfulfilled potential, tremendous potential,” Mr Trump said.
“Our whole country loses out without the energy of these folks. We’re one nation. And when anyone hurts, we all hurt together,” he said.
Mr Trump faced criticism in recent weeks for wooing black voters but in front of overwhelmingly white audiences.
He was received courteously and rewarded with occasional bursts of applause as he set about trying to allay the deep scepticism of African Americans who have swung overwhelmingly behind Hillary Clinton.
African-Americans account for 12 percent of the US electorate, and Mr Trump, who trails in the polls with 64 days before the election, recently has sought to widen his base.
Before the speech, protesters chanting “Dump Trump” tried to breach police barriers.
“The devil’s in the pulpit!” shouted Wyoman Mitchell, one of several dozen protesters who were pushed back by horse-mounted police and other officers in the tense encounter. – his rival,