June 16, 2024

Black pastor 'humbled' by Trump visit to community roundtable in Detroit

One of the most compelling storylines to develop in the current presidential race is the sheer volume of Black and Latino voters former President Donald Trump appears to be peeling away from the Democrats.

Evidence of that phenomenon was seen this weekend, when Trump made an appearance at roundtable discussion at a Detroit church where a local pastor praised the former president for sitting down to talk, something he said former President Barack Obama did not do, as Fox News reports.

Minority outreach continues

In his ongoing efforts to win the support of Black voters, Trump took part in the aforementioned event in the Motor City on Saturday.

During the event, Pastor Lorenzo Sewell of 180 Church expressed his gratitude for Trump's time, saying that he felt “humbled” by the experience.

Sewell described what he felt was the stark difference in Trump's approach to his community as opposed to that of the country's first African American commander in chief.

“President Obama never came to the 'hood, so-to-speak, right?” Sewell observed.

The pastor continued, “President Joe Biden, he went to the big NAACP dinner, but he never came to the 'hood. So, thank you.”

Man with a plan

Speaking to Fox & Friends First ahead of Trump's visit, Sewell lamented that he could not recall the last time a president presented a comprehensive plan to aid the Black community prior to Trump's rollout of the so-called “Platinum Plan.”

That initiative called for roughly $500 billion worth of investments in Black churches and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sewell made a point of noting that while Trump's willingness to come to Detroit and confer with community leaders was a welcome change from the approach of some of his rivals, that does not mean he will not be held to his word when it comes to campaign promises.

“Those metrics matter to us. So, we're going to hold him accountable to the Platinum Plan that he produced,” the pastor explained.

Though Biden and Obama may historically have skirted “the 'hood,” as Sewell noted, they did make time on Saturday to attend a star-studded fundraising event in Los Angeles during which the latter found himself having to guide a seemingly dazed president off the stage, making for an extremely stark contrast to Trump's productive visit to Detroit.

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