The mayor of Detroit didn’t hold back when he spoke with reporters on Saturday about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s visit to a black church in his city.
“I feel like I’m watching the next season of ‘The Apprentice,'” said Mayor Mike Duggan (D), according to the Detroit Free Press.
“This is the most phony major party nominee that I’ve seen in my lifetime, and that’s why we’re skeptical,” he said during a press conference across from Great Faith International Ministries — the church where Trump spoke — alongside Democratic U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence.
According to The Hill, Duggan said that the Republican nominee is only interested in using Detroit’s people as “props” in his campaign’s 11th-hour outreach to nonwhite voters.
“Are you here just to use Detroiters as props in a re-imaging campaign, or are you here to have a real conversation where you’re finally going to give us the specifics on what you’re going to do to make American cities better?”
“We want to hear your plans for reducing poverty,” Duggan said, adding that if candidates want to be taken seriously, they should present serious policy proposals — which the Trump campaign has been notoriously light on.
Lawrence said that Trump has repeatedly asked black voters, “What do you have to lose?”
“He said when he sees an African American that I am broke, I am unemployed, I’m uneducated, and whenever I walk out my door I’m being shot. What do I have to lose?” Lawrence said. “I don’t want my grandchild to listen to the rhetoric that she, as a woman and as an African-American, is classified and stereotyped as uneducated.”
To Trump, she said, “You are not qualified to be president of the United States that includes me as an African-American woman.”