Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Philadelphia Friday for a discussion with members of the city’s African-American community.
In recent speeches, Trump has said Democrats have systematically failed the African-American community. He has urged black voters to support his bid for the presidency, posing the rhetorical question, “What do you have to lose?”
Second Congressional District candidate James Jones, a Philadelphia Republican, said Trump is planning a roundtable discussion with African-American leaders at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church on Broad Street at Fairmount. The Rev. Herb Lusk is pastor of the church.
Jones said in an interview his willing to support Trump, but wants him to be specific about what he can do.
“I don’t want to hear the ‘what do you have to lose’ presented me, because I want to make sure he understands what the issues are,” Jones said. “More economic development, stopping the violence, funding for our schools. If he comes back and starts talking about the issues, I think he’ll be very successful in the black community.”
It wasn’t clear who else is attending the event. Jones said Debbie Williams, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District will be there.
Trump also plans to visit an African-American church in Detroit Saturday