In a bid to soften his image, Trump makes a brief visit to a black Detroit church

From The Washington Post:

In what the pastor said was Trump’s first visit to an African American church, the GOP presidential nominee swayed to gospel music, held a baby, accepted a prayer shawl and told the congregation he was there to listen to their concerns. Then he left the service before it was half over, and briefly visited the childhood home of former rival Ben Carson before jetting out of town.

“Our nation is too divided,” Trump said at Great Faith Ministries International Church, reading from a script to a congregation that half-filled the sanctuary but greeted him with polite applause. “We talk past each other, not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on. They don’t know. They have no clue.”

It was another jarring shift in tone and message for a GOP nominee who has weaved back and forth in recent attempts to appeal to African Americans and other minority groups who overwhelmingly oppose him, while holding fast to sharp criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, calls for tougher policing tactics and a plan to forcibly eject millions of undocumented immigrants from the country.

While several members of Great Faith Ministries said they were impressed that Trump visited their church and are willing to consider him, others were skeptical of his motives.

“When somebody wants something from you, and they say the right words — I would have liked to hear him say those things before he wanted something,” said Kim Witten, who has belonged to the church for 20 years and usually votes for Democrats, although she is still …

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