If you were writing a script for ham handed fake outreach to a certain community whose support you were supposedly trying to win, you couldn’t write one any better than what the Trump campaign has put together.
Early in the week it was reported that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would speak in Detroit at an African American church on September 2. Now, as of this morning, it was confirmed by the pastor of the church Trump was to speak at, that he won’t be speaking after all but rather he’ll be seated in a pew and taking in the “experience of the Black church.” A planned interview that was supposed to be part of his visit will be behind closed doors.
The plain truth is obvious: Neither Trump or his closely advisors are genuinely interesting in interfacing with African Americans. If they were, none of the recent decisions seen around that topic would have ever been made. Those decisions include avoiding the National Urban League and NAACP conventions. Those venues would have provided a easy place to speak to African Americans without too much risk of controversy. But no.
Instead the Trump campaign keeps attempting to set up clearly staged faked events and calling them “Black outreach.” Typically these events involve heavy orchestration and Trump surrogates who are already loudly in support of the candidate. There can be no such thing as Donald Trump actually appearing before a group of African Americans to deliver a speech. Delivering a speech in front community engaged of African Americans would appear to be something Trump is simply too afraid to do.