By Luther Washington
Undeterred by last week’s PR disaster in Flint, Mich., where he was admonished by a minister, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to reach out to black voters.
He plans to visit a black church in Cleveland, Ohio along with FOX News commentator Sean Hannity.
“The blacks love me,” said Trump in an interview with WEHW radio. “I’ll bring some grape soda and ribs, we’ll have a good time.”
Hannity, whose radio show used to regularly take calls from white supremacist Hal Turner, seemed to be more nervous about the visit.
“I’m going to drive my old car and leave it parked around the block, just to make sure they don’t steal the rims,” said Hannity, in a nervous attempt at humor.
According to the media watchdog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), Hannity regularly hosts racists on his show. He featured more than 50 sympathetic interviews with friends and family of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin. Hannity also welcomed rocker Ted Nugent on his show, who later said he would like to shoot undocumented immigrants.
Hannity denied he was racist.
“Some of my best friends are colored people,” he said.
However, the church parishioners were not thrilled at the visit.
“Those two will stand out like a couple of black men at a Hootie and the Blowfish concert,” said Floyd Perris, a church member.