Originally posted on The Root:
Trump surrogates Omarosa Manigualt and Dr. Ben Carson, a Detroit native, accompanied him to the service. The outlet reports that Trump later paid a visit to Carson’s childhood home in southwest Detroit.
As the service began, Trump, who was at the front of the church, began swaying to the hymnal “What A Mighty God We Serve.”
“This has been an amazing day for me,” Trump said after taking the stage. Saying he was speaking from the heart, he called the black church “one of God’s greatest gifts to America” and said that “for centuries the African American church has been teh conscience of our country,” lifting up our nation. Trump said he was attending the service “to listen to your message—and I hope my presence here today will help your message reach new voices.”
He continued, saying that America sidelines “young black men with tremendous potential” and that “our entire country misses out when we are unable to harness the potential and energy of these folks.”
There was reportedly a heavy police presence in the area as well as protesters outside the church, chanting “What do you have to lose?” “Everything!” an apparent play off of Trump’s first direct appeal to African Americans, which didn’t go over so well.