FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Donald Trump was cut off, chastised and then heckled after he attacked rival Hillary Clinton during what was supposed to be a speech on helping where the government had failed the people of Flint, Michigan.

“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech,” said the Rev. Faith Green Timmons, the pastor of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

The Republican nominee quickly stopped, then said “Ok, that’s good, Then I’m going to go back to Flint” and its water crisis that had sickened its citizens.

But the interruption seemed to embolden those in the sparse crowd. One woman shouted that Trump had used discriminatory housing practices in his buildings, causing the celebrity businessman to respond, “Never, you’re wrong. Never would.”

Trump abruptly ended his speech, which had lasted six minutes. More heckling followed him out.

The visit was part of the campaign’s effort to persuade voters that the celebrity businessman can appear empathetic and presidential in a crisis. Trump also has his eye on a good showing in the industrial Midwest, though polls have him down in Michigan, which last went Republican in 1988.

The trip was the Republican presidential nominee’s first visit to the poverty-stricken city since lead was detected in its water supply in April 2014. More than 100,000 had their water contaminated after the city left Detroit’s water supply and started using improperly treated Flint River water.

Trump did address the crisis, saying at the church “We will get it fixed and it will be fixed and effectively and Flint will come back. Most importantly, we’ll bring jobs back.”

He also bemoaned that previously “cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

Trump visited the traditionally African American church in the impoverished city to pay tribute to the city’s resiliency. But then, he attacked Clinton, saying “everything she touched didn’t work out.” Timmons then stepped up and interrupted him.

Others began to heckle the GOP presidential nominee. The pastor stepped in and silenced them too, saying that Trump “is our guest” who should be honored.

But when Trump abruptly ended his speech, a few more in the crowd yelled at him as he walked off stage.

One black woman, Reneta Richard, yelled at him “What do you mean, ‘African-Americans have nothing to lose?'” repeating back to Trump his recent call for African-Americans to turn their back on Democrats and vote for him.

The reverend had said in a statement distributed to reporters that the visit “in no way” represented an endorsement of Trump’s candidacy.

“What we pray is that it conveys a fine example of a faithful, intelligent, historically African-American congregating at work, serving and volunteering among the people of Flint as we work through this crisis of national impact,” read the statement. “We cannot let this story drift from national attention for any reason.”

But later at a rally in Ohio, Trump insisted he was undeterred by the tough reception and would be “willing to campaign anywhere, even if voters openly oppose me somewhere.”

“Some people in those communities aren’t planning on voting for me and that’s ok — I will be the president for all Americans,” Trump said in front of rowdy crowd of about 5,000 people in Canton. “I’m running to bring hope to Flint.”

The visit to Flint, where most residents are African-American, comes as Trump has increased his outreach to minorities, arguing that Democratic policies have left inner cities impoverished and dangerous.

Critics say Trump paints an overly bleak picture of life in urban African-American communities, where crime has fallen and the life expectancy has risen in recent decades. Some black leaders have also suggested that Trump’s outreach to minorities is mostly about proving to undecided white voters that he’s not racist.

PHOTO: AP

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13 thoughts on “Donald Trump Jeered At Appearance In Flint, Michigan

  1. You people don’t have a clue about what you are talking about. President Obama did as much as he could with a Republican majority runned congress.If every one voted every year you would have seen more changes. This man turned around 8 years of Bushes mess. The economy is stronger more people have jobs, people who couldn’t afford health insurance now have it. Look at the price of gasoline. I just hope that Hillary Clinton will have an easier time than President Obama in getting legislation passed.

    • More people have jobs? No more people are on government assistance or disability
      More people have health care No Aetna (the largest insurance carrier in Obama Care)
      announced it was pulling out because of cost, not to mention premiums are sky rocketing, you like cheap gas? If you have a job it obviously isn’t in the petroleum industry or local government both have lost massive revenue due to cheap gas,
      when Bush left office the national debt was $7 trillion it’s now $20, Bill Clinton
      had the same make-up of congress, Bush’s last two years were Dem congress
      Ronald Reagan’s entire administration was under Democratic congress,
      they ALL got sh!t done BTW Obama’s first 2 years he had Dem. controled congress
      How about those Facts???

  2. Peeps, we need to stop this group think, drop the mike shyt, and think for ourselves. We are worse off as a people and country after 8 years of Obama, FACT. Out city, Detroit, has been reduced to ruins after decades of Democrat corrupt “leaders” FACT. What do we have to lose by giving a man an opportunity to spur the economy and create jobs? What do we have to lose? NOTHING.
    He’s white and worked hard as hell and is rich. That don’t make him a racist.
    I’m voting Trump

  3. James M. on said:

    Sad, sad! Wake up people. Look at where all these issues continue to happen, then look at who’s running It! Continue to vote Democrats; you have no one right blame but yourself. Mr. Trump has created jobs, it’s nor not just lip service. Lip service is what we continue to get from the Democratic party. Their the first ones to yell racist, because they are

  4. First of all jhuf know what you are talking about. All places in Michigan is not poverty and crime stricken. What difference does it make if we vote Republican or Democrat??!! The a$$ that did Flint wrong was a republican so shut the HELL up a$$!!!!

  5. IT! FIXED!! Well if Yur made to forget and to be kept AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY! That sounds like A IT.N A FIX.WITCH IS WITHCRAFT! Crisis? Touch! Just make sure there was no IDENTITY THEFTING PLOTTING 9-11 ATTACKS MUST WE GO ON! I even DROPPED the Mic! But were THERE IS NO JESUS There is ALWAYS A FIX! But for that Genesis 50:20 SPEAKS well. Isaiah 54:17! And PULL up GREEN! On the fix! That SPEAKS VOLUME!! What’s funny I only see the ignorance. Of so called Lovers of GOD! But fa the love of MONEY is the ROOT TO ALL EVILNESS!

    • And Democratic leadership has done so much for the city of Detroit. Keep doing the same thing and hope for a different outcome. Obama completely ignored and abused the black vote.
      Don’t you get it, Trump will create jobs and stimulate the economy. Every citizen prospers, except those that don’t want to that are enslaved to the welfare state….Joyce

  6. Terrisa Beck-Jarmon on said:

    This was a photo op for Donald Trump. For Flint this is real let him come to bring attention to why the Bills in the House and Senate are not going anywhere. Assistance for Help for the Flint community and the Florida community is slow to come to their aid as Americans. Life is serious this children in Flint sick and messed up for life. New births are in jeopardy in Florida. Put yourself in their shoes if you can.

    • MM you are correct but I do have a problem with Trump in that he was invited to Comment on Flints achievements with their water issues I would have stuck with that praise and left them with “ If I become your President I’ll work to implement more improvements to the infrastructure of Flint” that way any criticism would have made them look bad

  7. Hasn’t gone Republican since 1988 Flint, Detroit yep cause voting Democrat has turned these once industrial and economic paradise into poverty and crime stricken hell holes

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