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Black Detroit Community Leader Thanks Trump: Obama and Biden ‘Never Came to The Hood’

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Donald Trump visited a Detroit church on Saturday to talk to black voters.

A black pastor thanked him for visiting their community, telling Trump that presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden "never came to the hood."

Trump held a roundtable discussion with black community leaders throughout Michigan. The senior pastor of the 180 Church Lorenzo Sewell made these remarks to the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

Sewell said that both Obama and Biden "never came" to the west side neighborhood that Trump was visiting.

The pastor said, “President Trump, I’m so humbled that you would be here. President Obama never came to the hood, so to speak, right? President Joe Biden, he went to the big NAACP dinner, but he never came to the hood. So thank you.”

Sewell was referring to the NAACP Detroit event Biden had attended in May.

Trump replied, to Sewell, “Thank you, pastor. Really nice.” The crowd exploded in applause.

“Thank you, my honor," Trump added.

There were a number of high profile attendees at this event, including Republican Michigan Rep. John James, former Police Chief James Craig and Detroit rapper Sada Baby.

Republican Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida moderated the roundtable discussion that took place among Trump, small business owners, and members of the community.

Trump told the crowd that the current "rampant" crime in black neighborhoods would go if he was re-elected. He also criticized Senator Joe Biden's 1994 Violent Crime and Enforcement Act for the mass incarceration of so many black Americans for non-violent crimes.

One man thanked Trump for his First Step Act, the biggest criminal justice reform act in American history. Trump said we needed more reform coupled with securing the borders, noting that illegal immigration affects everyone.

Since 2020, Trump's support among black voters has doubled.

Trump has been campaigning in Democratic strongholds like New Jersey, the South Bronx and now, Detroit.

Biden won Michigan in 2020.

Right now, according to RealClearPolitics, Trump is leading Biden by a small 0.3 points.

Might the Detroit vote look a little different in 2024? Trump went to "the hood" to at least find out.

Something America's first black president and current president apparently never did.


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