Trump Receives Praise From Detroit Pastor, Criticizes Biden And Obama For Absence

Pastor Lorenzo Sewell from Detroit’s 180 Church has publicly thanked President Donald Trump for visiting the neighborhood. During a roundtable discussion with black leaders, Sewell noted that President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama had never made similar trips. Sewell’s gratitude towards Trump was evident as he contrasted the former president’s visit with the absence of Biden and Obama.

Trump’s meeting in Michigan also saw him announcing endorsements from several prominent black community figures. This engagement with the community stood in stark contrast to Biden and Obama, who Sewell mentioned, had not made the effort to visit the “hood.” Sewell remarked, “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,” during the discussion.

Biden was present at the NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner last month in Detroit, which was covered by Fox News. Meanwhile, Trump was engaging with community leaders in Detroit on Saturday, and Biden and Obama were at a fundraising event in Los Angeles. This fundraiser, according to CBS News, raised about $30 million for Biden’s campaign, marking a record for a single Democratic Party event.

The endorsements Trump received ahead of his meeting in Michigan were notable, especially given the context of his attempts to build connections within black communities. Sewell’s comments reflect a feeling of neglect by previous administrations, highlighting a call for more direct involvement from national leaders.