Rochelle Riley in the Detroit Free Press calls it.
Donald Trump showed up in Detroit and got what he came for: He sat in a black church service for the first time ever. He stood along with a mighty choir and did the white boy sway, occasionally watching Omarosa to see when to clap.
He later kissed a baby and held it up high, Lion King-like, toward a congregation and community that had gathered to hear what Trump would say to black people, folks he’d been talking about — but not talking to — for weeks.
…it put a spotlight on pandering, how little tolerance there must be for it from now on and how little respect we have for some black people that critics and politicians think they could be so easily swayed.
I heard reality in the voice of the woman having the loud phone conversation in the church bookstore: “Yeah, girl. I saw him reading from that paper.”
I saw it in the looks that went around when Trump announced that most people don’t know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Black people know, Mr. Trump, because he freed the slaves, back when his party cared about people.
…the question is: Should black America be asking Trump for anything, or should they be working like hell to make sure he’s not elected?
That was the line dividing protesters of all colors outside the church and parishioners and guests of all colors inside the church. Many think you can’t have it both ways.
But one 30-year-old pre-med student disagreed.
“I vote for who I feel is best. I follow my heart,” Keli Donald said. “I think Donald Trump should be held responsible for the things that come out of his mouth. And it’s possible to hear from him and not be swayed.”
Spoken like someone for whom we should have more respect than to think because the circus came to town, she bought a ticket.