Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got the shock of his life on Wednesday during his visit to a black church in Flint, Michigan, U.S. A pastor, Faith Green Timmons, suddenly made a verbal attack on the presidential nominee following his criticism of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee during a remark in the church. Timmons told Trump that he was not invited to the church to talk politics. Reuters reports that Trump criticised Clinton for her support of global trade deals, before pastor Timmons interrupted to tell him that her church did not invited him to “give a political speech.”
Trump responded by saying “Oh, oh, OK, that’s good” and shuffling papers on his podium at Bethel United Methodist Church. The Republican presidential nominee, at that moment made a few remarks about fixing Flint’s drinking-water issues before departing. Trump was visiting the city to view its water crisis first-hand and extend his recent outreach to African-American voters ahead of the 8 November election. Polls show black voters largely favour Clinton. It would be recalled that Trump held an event at a black church in nearby Detroit earlier this month and pledged in recent speeches to help the black community, which he has described as being besieged by poverty and crime. During his remarks on Wednesday, the New York real estate developer was also challenged by some members of the crowd of about 50 people, including a woman who accused him of discriminating against black renters as a landlord in the 1970s.
Earlier in the day, he toured Flint’s water-treatment plant, which has been shut down since lead was found in the water supply. Residents of Flint asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order bottled water or filters be provided to them to prevent further lead exposure, 2-1/2 years after the city’s water supply was found to be contaminated.