(WJBK) - Democrats in Lansing are blasting Donald Trump for campaigning in a Detroit church over the weekend, but many Trump backers are coming to his defense.
During his visit, the presidential candidate said he came to listen, and what many Democrats heard they did not like.
State Sen. Coleman A. Young II, D-Detroit, said Trump reminds him of former segregationist George Wallace.
"I don't understand why you would give audience to this man -- he's clearly a bigot," he said. "He's clearly a racist."
State Sen. Morris W. Hood III, D-Detroit, accused Trump of pandering for votes.
"To me, it's a sure dog-gone ploy trying to win over African American votes at the last minute, which doesn't fly well," he said.
However, state Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Macomb County, said Trump deserves credit for showing up.
"If he didn't go to Detroit, they'd be beating him up and they would call him a racist for not going down there," he said.
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, said he figures whatever Trump does, Democrats will object.
"He was being accused of not reaching out to the black community before, I mean in a big way the Democrats were saying, 'You don't even like the blacks, you talk to white groups.' So he says, 'OK, we'll start making some' -- I guess, that's what he's thinking -- 'we're going to make some inroads in the black communities.' That's not fair either."
State Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-Meridian Township, contends Trump's policies are just plain wrong.
"Congratulations for showing up one day," he said. "The reality is that Donald Trump's policies aren't good for the African American community or the people of Michigan."
Trump obviously disagrees.