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Pastor Cuts Trump Short During Anti-Clinton Speech in Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said that Flint is focused on recovering, "not photo ops."

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(Reuters) — The pastor of a black church in Flint, Michigan, stopped Donald Trump on Wednesday in the midst of his remarks criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and said the Republican presidential nominee was not invited to talk about politics.

As Trump went after Clinton for her support of global trade deals, pastor Faith Green Timmons interrupted to tell Trump her church had not invited him to “give a political speech.”

“Oh, oh, OK, that’s good,” Trump responded, shuffling papers on his podium at Bethel United Methodist Church.

He then made a few remarks about fixing Flint’s drinking-water issues before departing.

Prior to Trump’s arrival, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver made a statement regarding his visit, which the mayor said he never contacted her about.

“Flint is focused on fixing the problems caused by lead contamination of our drinking water, not photo ops,” Weaver said on Tuesday.

“The mayor also notes that city of Flint employees and the staff at the Flint Water Plant are focused on dealing with the continued contamination in the drinking water and cannot afford the disruption of a last-minute visit,” the statement adds.

Trump was visiting the city to view its water crisis first-hand and extend his recent outreach to African-American voters ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Polls show black voters largely favor Clinton.

He held an event at a black church in nearby Detroit earlier this month and has pledged in recent speeches to help the black community, which he has described as being besieged by poverty and crime.

During his remarks on Wednesday, the New York real estate developer was also challenged by some members of the crowd of about 50 people, including a woman who accused him of discriminating against black renters as a landlord in the 1970s.

“No, I never would, never would,” Trump replied.

Earlier in the day, he toured Flint’s water-treatment plant, which has been shut down since lead was found in the water supply.

Residents of Flint asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order bottled water or filters be provided to them to prevent further lead exposure, 2-1/2 years after the city’s water supply was found to be contaminated.

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7 comments


    • They must have fixed it, because that’s what it says in the article.

  • As an African American Christian, Black church leaders are the biggest Uncle Toms to even invite a Nazi Mafioso to their church anyway! It’s apparent that, like the prostitute and pimp Rev.MarKKK Burns, they are more greedy for tRump’s MONEY than his message. Someone must have been PAID under the altar to let that racist reddish-orange Devil In their church.
    . I like Trevor Noah’s a$$e$$ment: “Orange (tRump) tries to woo black.”

    • Charity Dell

      ZAZIJAMS–I think most African-American churches have had a tradition of inviting candidates to speak at their churches; I think the origin of this custom came from the fact that during the 1940s through the 1970’s, many African-Americans had to work long hours and could not attend community-wide meetings except on week-ends and more specifically on Sundays. Sunday morning was the best time to address people who otherwise could not spare the time to attend meetings at any other time.

      As the Black Church is still the center of community life for millions of us, the tradition persisted to permit political candidates to speak to the “heartbeat” of the community, at the one place you were sure to have a good cross-section of the Black community.

      I personally would not want to see The Dumpy Donmeister at my house of worship, for many reasons. Frankly, he has made it plain that he does not consider African-Americans,
      Latino-Americas or Native Americans citizens of this country–and he started his “campaign” with all that birther nonsense against President Obama. His very run for office is a racist statement, because he had no political ambition prior to 2008 and he has NO educational qualifications or political experience of ANY kind. He has not educated his
      brain since 1968 and it is now 2016…..

      I just don’t see how anyone without ANY advanced degrees in a relevant field–and no municipal,county, state or federal EXPERIENCE–can possibly believe they are qualified to be president of the United States! Crazier still are all the sheeple who want to vote for him!

    • Walter White

      To ZaziJams, In this day and age, there is no place for ignorance in the public discourse, concerning African American church leader. Don’t generalize be specific. Allow your brain to engage before you click “SEND”. 1 Chr.16:22.

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