Trump makes case for black support in Detroit

Trump makes case for black support in Detroit

- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visited Detroit on Saturday to convince African American voters to give him a chance.

"The election is only a few months away and our minds are already made up," said Montez Miller, who is not a Trump supporter.

The polls have shown that Trump only has about 1 to 8 percent of the black vote.

The candidate visited Great Faith Ministries International attempting to gain support from an electorate likely to vote for opponent Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"I want to help you build and rebuild Detroit, and we can do that," he told voters during his visit.

Cynthia Price, who attended his speech and might give Trump a chance, said the audience received him as Christians.

"As Christians we are supposed to receive everybody in love, whether we agree with them or not," she said.

Trump spoke for less than 10 minutes at the church on Detroit's west side to mostly African Americans that needed a special invitation to get in.

"We must love each other and support each other, and we are in this altogether," he said.

LaToya White wasn't impressed with Trump speech.

"He did talk about the United States being unified, he did say that," she said.

Yet, some in the audience doubted his sincerity.

"It's election time so I'll come to the church where there's predominantly black people here and I'll speak to the black people -- the African American community," White said, saying it didn't feel sincere.

Donlon Giles was not convinced by Trump's speech, and said it didn't change her vote.

"Nothing is more sad than when we sideline young black men with unfulfilled potential, tremendous potential," Trump said during his speech.

Valerie Parker is a teacher who supports Trump and she says coming to Detroit was a good move for the candidate.

"They said he's a racist, he doesn't care, but he can show that," she said. "I don't go about what nobody says, I go about what they do."

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is not a fan of Trump.

"This is the most phony major party nominee that I've seen in my lifetime, and that's why we're skeptical," he said.

And skeptical as to whether or not Trump succeeded in getting African American votes.

"I've never been a Republican, although that's probably a poor excuse but I haven't really decided who I want to vote for," Price said.


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