Donald Trump called for a “civil rights agenda of our time” while visiting a predominately black church in Detroit yesterday as his campaign looks to boost his lagging approval numbers among the black population.
While protesters kept a vocal presence outside the house of worship, Trump made a pitch inside for support from an electorate strongly aligned with his opponent Hillary Clinton.
GOP analyst Ford O’Connell said Trump’s tepid support from blacks is little to worry about: The most black support won by any Republican presidential candidate was the 15 percent Gerald Ford got in 1976.
“This is as much about bringing in minorities as it is bringing in moderate Republicans and affluent swing voters,” O’Connell said.
The message of Trump’s visit is “at the end of the day, contrary to what Democrats say, ‘I’m not a bigot, my heart is in the right place,’ ” O’Connell said.