Trump courts black vot­ers with visit to Detroit church

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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,

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