Republican presidential Donald Trump spoke at a black Church in Detroit on Saturday and was rewarded with a tallit (fringed four-cornered prayer shawl) by the pastor. Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, pastor of Great Faith Ministries International, gave Trump the tallit, imported from Israel, along with a Jewish Heritage Study Bible.
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Before putting the tallit on Trump, the pastor said to him, “There are going to be some times in your life that you are going to feel forsaken, you are going to feel down, but the anointing is going to lift you up.”
Pastor Jackson also presented Trump with a matching Bible for his wife, Melania.
The visit to the church was part of Trump’s effort to attract black voters. He arrived at the church accompanied by Omarosa Manigault, a former reality TV star, and Dr. Ben Carson, a former rival who now supports Trump’s candidacy.
“The African American faith community is one of God’s greatest gifts to America and to its people,” Trump said to the congregation. “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.”
“Our nation is too divided,” said Trump. “We talk past each other and not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on. 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.”
Trump compared himself to a former Republican with special ties to the black community.
“Becoming the nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln … has been the greatest honor of my life,” he said. “It is on his legacy that I hope to build the future of the party, but more importantly, the future of the country.”