By SCOTT DETROW
Donald Trump is lashing out against an African-American pastor who interrupted him Wednesday to chide him for campaigning in her Flint, Mich., church.
“Something was up,” Trump told Fox and Friends on Thursday morning, calling the Rev. Faith Green Timmons a “nervous mess.”
“I noticed she was so nervous when she introduced me,” he said. “When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. I said, wow, this is kind of strange. Then she came up. So she had that in mind, there’s no question.”
That was preceded, as Politico reported, by one of the show’s hosts, Steve Doocy, referencing a Facebook post on Timmons’ page that read, “HE WILL NOT USE US, WE will EDUCATE HIM!!!” Doocy asked if he thought “they were out to sabotage you.” (That post no longer appears on Timmons’ page.)
Recently, Trump has been trying to reach out to black voters. At an event this month at a black church in Detroit, for example, Trump said, “I’m here today to learn. … ” That more humble tone came after his broad-brush characterizations — before mostly white crowds — of black communities as having schools that are “no good,” that “you have no jobs,” so, “What the hell do you have to lose?”