“What in the hell do you have to lose?” indeed.
This sentiment has been Donald J Trump’s way of wooing the African American voters to his ticket.
When that proved futile, or rather when college educated whites started fleeing because they didn’t want to be associated with a racist, Trump’s handlers decided he’d embark upon a “I’m not a racist!” publicity tour.
First stop? Detroit.
But now the Detroit stop has been downgraded from speaking to the predominantly black congregation to attending a service at the church, followed by a one-on-one interview with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.
Which the press is also not invited to.
The Detroit Free Press reported “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.”
Just a few days ago, the Trump campaign issued a press release claiming that the Republican would be speaking to the congregation. My bold: “Mr. Trump will answer questions that are relevant to the African American community such as education (including HBCUs), unemployment, making our streets safe and creating better opportunities for all. He will then give an address to outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country. Citizens around the country will see, as I’ve have seen, the heart and compassion Mr. Trump has for all Americans, which includes minority communities whose votes have been taken for granted for far too long.” – Pastor Mark Burns”
So the part Trump is cutting out is the address, during which he was going to outline policies that would allegedly impact minorities.
Shocking, not shocking.
Because Trump’s unplanned trip to Mexico – an erratic addition to the Statesman Not a Racist Tour, is also a risky venture and that’s probably why Trump closed off access to the press corps following him.
Trump isn’t going to let the press in and Trump isn’t really going to give an address about policy, which might involve some preparation. So Trump won’t be speaking to African Americans at all. He’ll be taking questions from the Bishop for a TV show to be aired in a week.
The Detroit “address” is looking more and more like nothing but cover for charges of racism.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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