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In his remarks today, Donald Trump called for a new civil rights agenda that includes the right to a safe community, the right to a great education and the right to a secure job. These civil rights are in addition to the fundamental, constitutional civil rights of our society and the absolute commitment to equal protection, ending discrimination and safeguarding the dignity of all citizens - and that includes their inviolable freedoms and liberties. Mr. Trump will also defend our religious freedoms, and the freedom of Americans from all communities to worship in peace.” – Pastor Darrell Scott. More detail will continue to be shared on these items in the coming days. Below is more detail on these points and links to previously-released policy papers and speeches on a number of the items. 


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Detroit pastor set to ask Trump: ‘Are you a racist?’



The Detroit pastor who is hosting Donald Trump at his congregation on Saturday is defending his decision to let the Republican presidential candidate appeal to African-American voters on his Christian television network.

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson acknowledged Monday he has faced backlash from some Detroit black leaders for inviting Trump to sit down for a one-on-one interview on his Impact Network television show.

“There’s a lot of emotions going on right now — people are upset that he’s coming to Detroit,” Jackson told The Detroit News. “... But if we don’t sit down to talk to him, we’ll never know what his policies are. It’s not an endorsement, it is an engagement — so let’s talk.”

Trump will attend an 11 a.m. service at Jackson’s church, Great Faith Ministries International, on Grand River and then will sit for a one-on-one interview, Jackson said.

The pastor said he has several questions about Trump’s plans for helping low-income blacks get better education and training opportunities as well as the politically charged topic of the New York businessman’s personal views about minorities.

“I’m going to ask him that question: Are you a racist?” Jackson said. “I’m going to ask him questions that pertain to the heart of our community. ... But there’s a lot of emotional anger tied to this, and we need to make sure that our concerns as a community are met.”

Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party in Detroit, said it “disgusts” him that any local black leaders would want to meet with Trump after some of his controversial statements, suggesting they are “trying to carve out some sort of positive benefits” for themselves.

“There is no appeal to black voters,” Kinloch said of Trump’s recent messaging to black voters. “He has not demonstrated any inkling of a sense of understanding or passion or caring for black folks up until this time. I think what he’s doing is basically trying to create a conversation to become this softer, gentler, kinder Donald Trump that does not exist.”

Jackson, a self-described Democrat, said he has been working with the Trump campaign for two months to arrange a meeting in Detroit.

“At least he’s coming to Detroit,” Jackson said. “... African-Americans feel like the Republican Party is someone who looks over them anyway. That’s why so many of the African-Americans have come to the Democrats, because at least the Democrats have come to the churches, to the communities and so forth.”

In recent weeks, Trump has been making a direct appeal to black voters, contending their lives have not gotten better after decades of voting for Democratic politicians like his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has been invited to appear on the Impact Network as well, Jackson said.

“We’re waiting to hear back,” he said.

It was unclear Monday whether Jackson would interview Trump in front of his congregation or privately. But the interview will air live online and cable TV immediately following the worship service around 12:30 p.m., Jackson said.

The pastor said he has been asked in recent days by friends and members of his congregation whether he thinks Trump is trying to manipulate black voters in his attempt to cut into Clinton’s base within the Democratic voting bloc.

“Well, we know all politicians are trying to get votes,” Jackson said. “That’s not the question. I feel that black people or African-American people are intelligent enough to know what’s real and what’s not real, and they’ll make the choice.”

Jackson said he also wants to know whether Trump will support getting rid of “bad cops” after a spate incidents of police officers shooting unarmed black men across the country.

“When you have questionable shootings of unarmed black men, I want to know — and I’m sure every African-American citizen wants to know … What are his policies going to be when it comes to getting the bad cops out and making sure we train and support the new ones with racial sensitivity?”

The Detroit News first reported Friday that Trump would visit Great Faith Ministries on Grand River and appear on Jackson’s television program.

Impact Network, which was founded by Jackson and his wife, Beverly, said in a statement that Trump’s appearance on the African-American-owned cable and satellite television show is “not a rally or an endorsement of Trump’s candidacy by Impact Network, Bishop Jackson and Great Faith Ministries.”

The Detroit-based cable channel owned by Jackson that has been operating since 2010 and employs about 50 people, said Terry Arnold, senior vice president of the Impact Network.

“It’s the only African-American Christian television network in the nation,” Arnold said Monday.

Trump will be the first presidential candidate to appear on the channel, which claims it reaches 50 million homes through Comcast cable, DirecTV, Dish Network and Roku. Saturday’s program will be called “Voice of the People.”

“I’m honored that he reached out to me and thought I was a fair person,” Jackson said. “I’m not coming as a journalist. I’m coming as a pastor.”

The Trump campaign confirmed details of the New York businessman’s visit to Detroit in a statement released by Pastor Mark Burns, a prominent African-American television evangelist from South Carolina who has become a surrogate for Trump.

“Mr. Trump will answer questions that are relevant to the African-American community such as education ... unemployment, making our streets safe and creating better opportunities for all,” Burns said. “He will then give an address to outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country.”

Trump will be accompanied to the Motor City with Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson, said Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager.

“Citizens around the country will see, as I’ve have seen, the heart and compassion Mr. Trump has for all Americans, which includes minority communities whose votes have been taken for granted for far too long,” Burns said.

Trump’s trip to Detroit on Saturday will be his second in a month and third to Michigan since the Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland. It comes two days before Democrats will gather for the annual Labor Day parade, which has attracted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in recent years.

The Clinton campaign has not said whether Clinton or another national Democratic Party leader will be in Detroit for the parade.

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Detroit News Staff Writer Jonathan Oosting contributed.



BY Donald J. Trump

In his remarks today, Donald Trump called for a new civil rights agenda that includes the right to a safe community, the right to a great education and the right to a secure job. These civil rights are in addition to the fundamental, constitutional civil rights of our society and the absolute commitment to equal protection, ending discrimination and safeguarding the dignity of all citizens - and that includes their inviolable freedoms and liberties. Mr. Trump will also defend our religious freedoms, and the freedom of Americans from all communities to worship in peace.” – Pastor Darrell Scott
More detail will continue to be shared on these items in the coming days. Below is more detail on these points and links to previously-released policy papers and speeches on a number of the items. 


The first duty of our government is ensuring every citizen in America has the right to live and prosper in a safe community. We cannot solve poverty if we don’t also solve crime – security is the foundation of prosperity. Crime is a stealth tax on the poor, reducing their jobs, incomes, property values and undermining their schools. A top priority of a Trump Administration will be working with local communities, city and state police, federal law enforcement, and the Mexican government to combat crime. As a team we will dismantle gangs, remove violent offenders from the streets, and destroy the international drug cartels that thrive off the innocent victims in our cities robbing them of the future every citizen deserves. This will provide a foundation for other reforms to thrive – to education, trade and across the economy, along with social reforms and religious empowerment to strengthen families as the foundation of opportunity. This is all part of rescuing millions from poverty and fear that no American should have to experience.


At the center piece of our agenda is the empowerment of parents and children in school choice. States should have flexibility to use federal dollars to help parents and students find educational opportunities that meet their needs – including charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, religious schools, and home schooling. A portion of existing education aid should be contingent on states developing school choice programs. The failed government education monopoly discriminates against students in the inner cities by denying them the choice they deserve.

We will end discrimination in all of its forms.

We will use federal resources to encourage states to provide choice, while also encouraging curriculums geared toward success in the workplace – not arbitrary standards – and programs that provide students with in-demand skills and matches them up with both college courses and career courses.


The current policy of economic globalism violates the civil rights of American citizens by failing to protect and prioritize their jobs and wages from foreign competition. The movement of jobs offshore, combined with the uncontrolled flow of workers onshore, has concentrated wealth at the top and put American workers at a disadvantage. Economic surrender to the mercantilist and predatory trade practices of foreign countries has steadily eroded the economic conditions of Americans, particularly in our inner cities.

At the same time, illegal immigration violates the rights of American citizens in general – and African-American citizens in particular – by stripping them of the equal protection of the laws, which include the laws passed to protect them from illegal competition. Illegal immigration, while enriching the owners of capital, has disproportionately harmed low-income African-American and Hispanic citizens. As Harvard Professor Dr. George Borjas documented: “The employment rate of African-American men—defined as the fraction of weeks worked during a calendar year by the typical black male—fell from 73.2 percent in 1960 to 64.3 percent in 2000… The data reveal a strong correlation between immigration and black wages [and] black employment rates… As immigrants disproportionately increased the supply of workers in a particular skill group, we find a reduction in the wage of black workers in that group [and] a reduction in the employment rate.”

Further crucial steps will need to be taken to do a top-down reform to add millions and millions of new great jobs – energy reform will add half a million new jobs a year, along with dramatic tax and regulatory reform to bring thousands of new companies to our shores and into our poorest communities. This, combined with repatriation of overseas profits, and a bold national infrastructure program, will create trillions in new wealth to invest into our communities and our workers. 

BY Donald J. Trump


BY Donald J. Trump

I Believe That We Need A Civil Rights Agenda For Our Time. One That Ensures The Rights To A Great Education — So Important — And The Right To Live In Safety And In Peace And To Have A Really, Really Great Job. A Good Paying Job And One That You Love Going To Every Morning. That Can Happen.” – Donald J. Trump

Detroit News Headline: “Trump To Detroit: ‘We’re All Brothers And Sisters’”

  • “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praised the black church Saturday at the Greater Faith Ministries International as he made his first direct outreach to African-American voters. ‘I will always support your church always and defend your right to worship,’ said Trump, who was introduced by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson to polite applause. Standing at the front of the church holding a cordless microphone, he noted that it was from black churches ‘all across this land that the civil rights movement lifted up its soul and lifted up our nation. It’s from these pews that our nation has been inspired.’”

Detroit Free Press Headline: “Trump To Parishioners At Black Detroit Church: 'I'm Here To Listen'”

  • “‘This has been an amazing day for me,’ Trump said after taking the stage. He called the African American Christian community ‘one of God's greatest gifts to America’ and said he was attending the religious service in Detroit on Saturday ‘to listen to your message -- and I hope my presence here today will help your message reach new voices.’ The GOP presidential candidate appeared at Great Faith Ministries with former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Omarosa Manigualt and former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a Detroit native. Trump didn't sidestep the question of race in his remarks. He said presently America sidelines ‘young black men with tremendous potential’ and said ‘our entire country misses out when we are unable to harness the potential and energy of these folks.’”

The Wall Street Journal Headline: “Trump Calls For ‘Civil-Rights Agenda’ At Detroit Church”

  • “Donald Trump delivered a call for unity to churchgoers on the west side of Detroit and pledged to listen to African-American voters, kicking off a key initiative in the Republican presidential nominee’s drive to reach out to inner-city voters. Speaking in brief prepared remarks he read from a piece of paper that he rarely strayed from, he promised economic reform and said ‘I believe we need a civil rights agenda.’ That plan would address the need for justice, employment and trade policies. ‘I fully understand the African-American population has suffered,’ he said. ‘I will do something about it.’”

Politico Headline: “Trump Flashes Humility In First Ever Black Church Visit”

  • “Campaigning at an African-American church for the first time during the presidential race, Donald Trump called for ‘a civil rights agenda for our time’ and cast himself as the candidate who could best ‘rebuild Detroit’ and struggling black communities across the nation. … Campaigning at an African-American church for the first time during the presidential race, Donald Trump called for ‘a civil rights agenda for our time’ and cast himself as the candidate who could best ‘rebuild Detroit’ and struggling black communities across the nation.”

ABC News Headline: “Trump Tells Black Church Members In Detroit He Is There To 'Learn'”

  • “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an African-American congregation in Detroit today that the ‘nation is too divided.’ ‘I’m here today to learn,’ he said to the congregants at Great Faith International Ministries church. He told those gathered that he ‘fully understands that the African American community has suffered from discrimination’ and that the country needs a revised civil-rights agenda. Trump's visit to the congregation marks a continuing transition in his campaign, with the candidate making direct appeals to black voters. Prior to the visit to Detroit, Trump met with black religious and business leaders in Philadelphia.”

CNN Headline: “Trump Brings Message Of Unity To Black Church In Detroit”

  • “Donald Trump on Saturday directly addressed a largely African-American audience for the first time as a presidential candidate, delivering a warmly received message of unity that focused on fixing economic hardship in the black community. Trump spoke to members of the Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, part of his outreach to what is typically a sizable Democratic voting bloc. … Trump told the audience he was there to ‘listen to your message’ and said he hoped his appearance would ‘also help your voice to reach new audiences in our country.’ He said he would lay out his plans for economic change and school choice -- issues that he said would benefit black communities -- in the future.”

Fox News Headline: “Trump Makes First Stop In Black Community, Tells Detroit Church Congregation 'Here To Listen'”

  • “Donald Trump on Saturday took his message directly to African-American voters, telling a congregation at a black church in Detroit that they are ‘God’s greatest gift to our nation.’ … Trump on Saturday vowed if elected to bring jobs back to those communities, including many with impoverished black neighborhoods, and to provide a better education for the children who live in them. ‘But today, I’m here to list,’ said Trump, reading in subdued tones from what he said was a hand-written message. ‘I mean it from the heart.’”

The Daily Mail Headline: “'I'm Here To Listen': Trump Brings Message Of Unity To Parishioners At Black Church In Detroit During Special Service As Omarosa And Ben Carson Support Him”

  • “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made an appeal directly to African-American voters while speaking at a black church in Detroit on Saturday and said they are 'God's greatest gift to our nation.' The billionaire traveled to the city for a special service at the Great Faith International Ministries church along with Dr. Ben Carson and Omarosa Manigault, his director of African-American Outreach. Trump vowed that if he was elected president he would bring jobs back to impoverished black communities.”

BY Donald J. Trump


“Thank you. That’s so nice. Thank you.

“Well, that’s so nice. And, Bishop Jackson, I want to thank you and Dr. Jackson and you have some voice, I have to say. Incredible. And some spirit, some spirit. Talent.

“Thank you. Well, I just wrote this the other day knowing I’d be here. And, I mean it from the heart and I’d like to just read it and I think you’ll understand it maybe better than I do in certain ways.

“For centuries, the African-American church has been the conscience of our country. So true. It’s from the pews and pulpits and Christian teachings of black churches all across this land that the Civil Rights movement lifted up its soul and lifted up the soul of our nation. It’s from these pews that our nation has been inspired toward a better moral character, a deeper concern for mankind, and spirit of charity and unity that binds us all together. And we’re bound together and I see that today. This has been an amazing day for me.

“The African-American faith community has been one of God’s greatest gifts to America and to its people. There is perhaps no action our leaders can take that would do more to heal our country and support our people than to provide a greater platform to the Black churches and church-goers. You do right everyday by your community and your families. You raise children in the Light of God; I will always support your church, always. And defend your right to worship . . . so important.

“I am here today to listen to your message and I hope that my presence here will also help your voice to reach new audiences in our country and many of these audiences desperately need your spirit and your thought. I can tell you that.

“Christian faith is not the past but the present and the future. Make it stronger. And we’ll open it up to great, great leaders like Pastor Jackson, Bishop Jackson, Dr. Jackson, and so many others. And so many others actually sitting here. Darrell Scott, who is phenomenal, who has been with me for so long. So long. Omrosea, who is a very nice person and I don’t want to say that. Because I’ll destroy her image by saying that. She’s actually a very, very fine person and pastor. And I want to thank all the folks and there is somebody that’s been very special to me, Dr. Ben Carson who’s been . . . Stand up, Ben. Come here, come here. Come here, Ben. This is a great man and great guy.

“So, as I prepare to campaign all across the nation, and in every community, I will have an opportunity to lay out my plans for economic change. Which will be so good for Detroit and so good for this community because we’re going to bring jobs back. I will have a chance . . . Thank you. We’re bringing them back. We’re taking them from Mexico and everywhere else because they’re gone.

“I will have a chance to discuss school choice. Its very important. And how to put every American on the ladder of success. A great education, a great job. But today, I just want to let you know that I am here to listen to you and I have been doing that. And we had a fantastic interview with Bishop Jackson. It was really an amazing interview. He is better than the people who do that professionally. I will tell you. It’s true. It’s true. It’s true. He’s better.

“And I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I didn’t know. Is this going to be nice? Is this going to be wild? He’s a great gentleman and a very smart guy. I just hope you don’t lose him to Hollywood. That’s the only problem. And especially, and especially Dr. Jackson, she may be gone. Hollywood is calling. Look at all those television cameras back there. Look at all the television cameras. I’m sorry to do that to you, Bishop. Because, it’s just one of those things, right?

“Our nation is too divided. We talk past each other, not to each other and those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on. They don’t know. They have no clue. I’m here today to learn. So that we can together remedy injustice, in any form. And so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways.

“Our political system has failed the people and works only to enrich itself. I want to reform that system so that it works for you, everyone in this room. I believe true reform can only come from outside the system. I really mean that. Being a businessman is much different than being a politician because I understand what is happening. And we are going outside the establishment.

“Becoming the nominee of the Party of Abraham Lincoln — a lot of people don’t realize that Abraham Lincoln, the great Abraham Lincoln was a Republican — has been the greatest honor of my life. It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the Party but more important the future of the country and the community.

“I believe that we need a Civil Rights agenda for our time. One that ensures the rights to a great education — so important — and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really, really great job. A good paying job and one that you love going to every morning. That can happen. We need to bring our companies back.

“It also means the right to have a government that protects our works and fights, really fights for our jobs. I want to help you build and rebuild Detroit. And we can do that especially with people like Bishop Jackson and Dr. Jackson. I mean that. It’s been an amazing experience. It’s been an amazing experience. Really.

“Nothing is more sad than when we sideline young black men with unfulfilled potential, tremendous potential. I met some people this morning that are incredible people and they’re looking for jobs. These are incredible people . . . young people. Our whole country loses out when we’re unable to harness the brilliance and the energy of these folks

“We’re one nation and when anyone hurts, we all hurt together. That is so true. So true.

“We’re all brothers and sisters and we’re all created by the same God. We must love each other and support each other and we are in this all together. All together.

“I fully understand that the African-American community has suffered from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right and they will be right. I want America prosperous for everyone. I want to make this city the economic envy of the world and we can do that. We can do that again.

“Factories everywhere, new roads and bridges, new schools — especially schools — and new hope.

"I have been so greatly blessed, and in so many ways, with no greater blessing than my family. I’ve had a great family.

“Nothing would make me happier and more fulfilled than to use what I have learned in business and in traveling all over the world — I’ve sort of seen a lot — to bring the wealth and prosperity and opportunity to those who have not had these opportunities before. And that’s many, many people in Detroit.

“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. I do get things done, I will tell you. Some people have strengths, that’s one of my strengths, I get things done. I’m going to get things done for you.

“Please know this, for any who are hurting, things are going to turn around. Tomorrow will be better. Much better. The Pastor and I were talking about, riding up the street, how we see all those closed stores and people sitting down on the sidewalk, and no jobs, and no activity. We’ll get it turned around. We’ll get it turned around, Pastor. Believe me.

“We’re going to win again as a country and we’re going to win again for all of our people. I want to work with you to renew the bonds of trust between citizens and the bonds of faith that make our nation strong. America has been lifted out of many of its most difficult hours through the miracle of faith and through people like Bishop Jackson and Dr. Jackson. So important. People have no idea how important they are.

“Now, in these hard times for our country, let us turn again to our Christian heritage to lift up the soul of our nation. I am so deeply grateful to be here today and it is my prayer that the America of tomorrow — and I mean that — that the America of tomorrow will be one of unity, togetherness, and peace. And perhaps we can add the word prosperity. Ok? Prosperity.

“I’d like to conclude with a passage from 1 John, Chapter 4. You know it? See, most groups I speak to don’t know that. But we know it. If you want, we can say it together: ‘No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.’ And that is so true.

“Thank you very much. This has been such an honor. Thank you very much. Bishop, thank you sir. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

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