Sharpton: Trump’s Detroit Visit To Black Church An ‘Insult to Our Intelligence’

The black members of a church in Detroit who hosted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave him a massive ovation after he spoke with them Saturday.

In New York however, black leader Rev. Al Sharpton was fuming.

“It’s an insult to our intelligence to come to us acting as if just saying that we should all come together… is going to bridge that gap,” Sharpton said on MSNBC.

Sharpton, who often alleges that there are no opportunities for black Americans, said Trump needs to talk about his black employees or discuss how many minority contractors he hires for his projects.

He also argued that Trump didn’t need to go as far as Detroit to learn from black Americans about their problems.

“Harlem is on the same island as Trump Tower. What have you gone up there and learned?” he said.

Sharpton said Trump should have made the event a detailed policy presentation.

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“I think he really blew a tremendous opportunity to really shut a lot of us up that have been questioning him,” he said.

“He had the opportunity to really say to black voters … ‘These are things that I’m not only saying we’d like to see the country do, this is how we get there. Here’s my economic policies that would benefit you directly. Here’s my policies on dealing with gun violence, since I said you’d get shot if you walked down the street. Here’s my education policies. Here’s my criminal justice,’” Sharpton said. “He did none of that!”

Having made protecting religious liberty a cornerstone issue in his campaign, Trump spoke to his audience about the historic role of the black church and its role in the community.

“I will always defend your church … so important … and defend your right to worship,” said Trump. “I fully understand that the African-American community has suffered from discrimination and there are many wrongs that should be made right.”

Trump also said the nation needs “a civil rights agenda of our time,” with better education and good jobs.

Although Sharpton criticized Trump for a lack of policy detail, Trump made clear the black community needs jobs.

“When I see wages falling, people out of work, I know the hardships this inflicts and I am determined to do something about it. I will do something about it,” Trump said Saturday. “I do get things done, I will tell you. I’m going to get things done.”

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