During a visit to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's remarks were cut short when a pastor politely interrupted him for straying off off the topic of the city's water crisis and starting an attack on Hillary Clinton. Rev. Faith Green Timmons asked Trump not to give a "political speech."
"Hillary failed on the economy, just like she’s failed on foreign policy. Everything she touched didn’t work out — nothing. Now Hillary Clinton—” Trump said before he was interrupted.
"Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us … not to give a political speech," the pastor is quoted as saying as she walked up to Trump.
"Oh, oh, oh, OK," Trump said before returning to the topic of Flint's water crisis. "Thank you, pastor," Trump said. "The damage can be corrected and corrected by people who know what they’re doing."
Watch Trump's full remarks:
Detroit Free Press reports:
FLINT — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s trip into an African American church in Flint to reach out to black voters and address the Flint water crisis ended abruptly amid protesters inside the church and a pastor who asked that he not make a political speech.
“It used to be that cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico and now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint,” Trump said. “It’s terrible.”
But his remarks were cut short -- he spoke for just over five minutes -- after protesters interrupted his speech with questions about housing discrimination and the Bethel United Methodist Church’s pastor Rev. Faith Green Timmons asked him to stay away from a political speech after Trump started criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“I thought he wanted to see that we gave out food and water and when his statement went beyond what he originally said, I asked him to stick to what he was originally going to say,” said Timmons. “He’s welcome to come and see what we’re doing in Flint. We’re doing well, we’re helping those in need, and I wanted him to see the best of Flint.
“And some of the statements I’ve heard him say about African Americans and Hispanics have been degrading,” Timmons added.
Before he left the stage, Trump commented on the news of the day -- that Ford was moving 100% of its small car production to Mexico.
“We shouldn’t allow it to happen,” he said. “They’ll make their cars, they’ll employ thousands and thousands of people, not from this country … and we’ll have nothing but more unemployment in Flint.”
When he started criticizing Clinton for her support of the North American Free Trade Agreement, that’s when Timmons politely stepped in and asked him to stick to the subject of Flint.
Trump, in turn, politely abided and wrapped up his comments by saying the damage that has been done in Flint can be corrected “by people who know what they’re doing … I will say that we can fix this problem. It’s going to take time. It’s amazing the damage that has been done.”
Protesters challenged Trump outside the event: