In a continued attempt to reach out to African-American voters, Trump visited Flint, Michigan yesterday to tour contaminated water facilities. After his tour he stopped by the Bethel United Methodist Church where things didn’t go quite as planned. After a few opening remarks, Trump began to throw a couple of jabs at Hillary and that’s when Reverend Faith Green Timmons stepped in to shut him down:
“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech.”
“OK. That’s good. Then I’m going back onto Flint, OK? Flint’s pain is a result of so many different failures,” Trump said.
“It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint. That’s not good.”
“We shouldn’t allow it to happen,” Trump said during a speech in Michigan, the center of U.S. car production. “They’ll make their cars, they’ll employ thousands and thousands of people not from this country and they’ll sell the cars right through our border. No tax, no nothing, and we’ll have nothing but more unemployment in Flint and in Michigan,” he said in the speech in Flint.
Trump was also heckled by another woman who claims that he “discriminated again black tenants” in some of his residential buildings. Trump responded “No, I never — never would never would” before the Reverend stepped in to defend him saying “this is my church and you will respect him.”
For his part, Trump appeared on Fox & Friends this morning and suggests that the whole situation felt like a setup to him after the following FaceBook post was discovered on Reverend Timmons’ page:
“Today is our day! We have our chance to show DONALD TRUMP that this nation is filled with intelligent, wise black citizens of integrity many of whom live right in FLINT, MICHIGAN. What he will see is how we are braving a man-made catastrophe. HE WILL NOT USE US, WE will EDUCATE HIM!!!“
Trump went on to note the following:
“I got unbelievably good treatment from people. But something was up. I noticed she was so nervous when she introduced me.”
“She was so nervous she was shaking. And I said, ‘wow’ this is sort of strange. She had that in mind. There’s no question about it.”
Forward to the 9:00 mark for the Flint discussion: