Donald Trump visited Great Faith Ministries, a mainly African-American church in Detroit, on Saturday. He spoke to the congregation and praised the role of the African-American faith community in America stating, “The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and its people.”
Trump addressed how divided the nation currently is and that he was there to “learn so that we can remedy injustice…” Following Trump’s speech, Bishop Wayne Jackson placed a prayer shawl on Trump’s shoulders. Bishop Jackson proclaimed that he had prayed and fasted over it personally in hopes of helping Trump feel an anointing from the Lord to give him energy and lift him up.
The Detroit visit comes on the heels of Trump’s request for the African-American vote two weeks ago in Dimondale, Michigan, where he asserted, “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed…what the hell do you have to lose?”
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed…what the hell do you have to lose?”
This statement has generated controversial reviews, however, it is not entirely inaccurate. Trump argues that our nation is divided and that it recently seems as though the Democratic Party has done little to help the African-American community. Several members of the community, such as Quanell X of the New Black Panthers, have come forward professing that Trump’s comments should, at the very least, make African-Americans question the Democratic Party.
Dating back to Barry Goldwater in 1964, African-Americans have long backed the Democratic Party. Many African-Americans identified as Democrats after Goldwater argued that the Civil Rights Act expanded government power too much. Following that moment, the African-American community, as a whole, has sided with the left.
According to a poll conducted by “Big Data”, Donald Trump currently has 26% of the African-American vote. George W. Bush was the last Republican to win the White House in 2004. President Bush won with only 7% of the African-American vote. Clearly, Donald Trump is having a larger and more positive impact on the African-American community than the mainstream media and Democratic Party are projecting.