Pastor interrupts Trump to halt attack on Clinton
Washington, Sep 15 (IANS) A pastor who hosted Donald Trump at her church in Michigan, interrupted the Republican presidential candidate during his speech to ask him to refrain from attacking his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech,” Reverand Faith Green Timmons of the Bethel United Methodist Church told Trump on Wednesday after walking to the podium while Trump was speaking.
Timmons, in a statement provided at the event, noted her church welcomes “all people”, CNN reported.
“This public event is open to all and today Donald Trump came to observe. Trump’s presence at Bethel United Methodist in no way represents an endorsement of his candidacy,” she said.
Moments before Timmons interrupted him, Trump had begun attacking Clinton for supporting free trade agreements, which Trump argued had caused Flint economic pain.
“Hillary failed on the economy. Just like she’s failed on foreign policy. Everything she touched didn’t work out. Nothing. Now Hillary Clinton –,” Trump said before he was cut off by Timmons.
The awkward moment was just one of several uncomfortable ones during Trump’s visit to the majority African-American city of Flint on Wednesday, which marked Trump’s latest effort to appeal to black voters, CNN added.