Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday spoke at a black church for the first time as a candidate, condemning racism and promising economic prosperity for the African-American community, while emphasizing that he was there to “learn and listen.”
“For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of this country. So true,” the billionaire businessman said at the Great Faith International Ministries church in Detroit, Michigan, reading from a prepared script. “The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people”.
Trump said black churches “in the pews and pulpits” were the foundation of the civil rights movement and of the Christian faith, and urged the congregation to work with him to restore America’s once-prosperous urban centers. “I want to help you rebuild Detroit, make the city the economic envy of the world. Things are going to get better”.