Detroit bishop hosting Trump at church: 'Not an endorsement; we have tough questions'

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson will play host to Trump, but the bishop says he intends to ask the GOP candidate some tough questions.

- After months of insulting minority voters, Donald Trump is now switching gears. He's coming to a Detroit church this Labor Day weekend as part of his new effort to win the support of African-American voters.

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson will play host to Trump, but the bishop says he intends to ask the GOP candidate some tough questions.

"I want to make sure that everybody knows that this is not an endorsement," Jackson says. "I'm not endorsing him; I've been a Democrat all my life."

And Jackson has the photos to prove it. FOX 2 was given exclusive access to his inner sanctuary at Great Faith Ministries in Detroit where pictures of prominent Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, hang on the walls.

You won't see Donald Trump's photo here, but Saturday at 11 a.m. Trump will be allowed to take part in a special service and then he'll sit down for a one-on-one private interview with the bishop. It will air later on the Impact TV network, which has the potential to reach 50 million viewers.

With Trump declaring himself the law-and-order candidate, Jackson plans to address several issues including police misconduct.

"My 4-year-old grandson is afraid and terrified of the police," says Jackson. "He's 4 years old. He says, 'Mommy the police officer.' She says, 'Are you afraid of the police officer?' and he says yes. He said, 'Why did he do that to that man.' And so, I'm very, very concerned about that. What would (Trump's) administration look like?"

The Secret Service and the Detroit police have already toured the building as thousands of parishioners and hundreds of reporters will likely pack the pews. Protests are planned outside the church. Some are complaining the bishop is allowing the devil into the house of God.

"There's a lot of anger, because we're allowing him to come to church," Jackson says. "And they've called him a lot of things, right? But in this church, it has ex-drug addicts, it has ex-pimps, and most churches have people who have been redeemed."

Trump has made his most recent appeals to black voters in front of majority-white crowds. Bishop Jackson says this will be a test for Trump to find out how well his message plays to the people of Detroit.

"He asked me; I didn't go to him," Jackson says. "He asked me, and I said, after prayer, I knew (there) would be a big, emotional uproar. I knew that. But you know, real leaders have to make tough decisions. And that's what I did."

The bishop has also invited Hillary Clinton to town and Bishop Jackson doesn't want promises from Trump, but wants to hear specifics about creating jobs, improving education and how he intends to pay for it.

The interview will first air on the Impact Network, but you may see parts of it here on FOX 2 next week.


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