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all right. hello again. thank you for joining me, i'm fredericka whitfield. donald trump is in detroit trying to shore up support for african-americans. and he's touring african-american neighborhoods. just a few minutes ago trump's visit started at a black church where his trip was met with firing protests before he even took the stage. inside a much different story, trump was warmly welcomed by the congregation. and he used the opportunity to stress cooperation and economic prosperity for the black community. >> nothing would make me happier and more fulfilled than to use what i have learned in business and in traveling all over the world, i've sort of seen a lot, to bring the wealth and prosperity and opportunity to those who have not had these opportunities before.
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and that's many, many people in detroit. when i see wages falling, people out of work, i know the hardships this inflicts. and am determined to do something about it. i will do something about it. i do get things done, i will tell you. some people have strengths, that's one of mine, i get things done. and i get things done for you. please know any that are hurting, things are going to turn around. tomorrow will be better, much better. the pastor and i were talking about riding up the street and we see all those clotsed stores people sitting out on the sidewalk, no jobs or activity. we'll get i turned around, we'll get it turned around faster, believe me. we're going to win again as a country. and we're going to win again for all of our people. i want to work with you to renew
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the bonds of trust between citizens. and the bonds of faith that make our nation strong. america's been lifted out of many of its most difficult hours through the miracle of faith and through people like bishop jackson and dr. jackson. so important. people have no idea how important they are. now in these hard times for our country, let us turn again to our christian heritage to lift up this nation. i am so grateful to be here today. and it is my prayer that america of tomorrow, and i mean that, that the america of tomorrow will be one of unity, togetherness and peace. >> all right. for more on trump's visit, i want to bring in cnn's jeremy diamond who has been reporting on this. so jeremy, where are we now in
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terms of whether donald trump is still touring communities there, now after his appearance inside that church? >> reporter: well, it seems that donald trump, his visit in detroit is about over here. he came to this church right in front of where we're standing and he spoke to the congregation as you heard in those remarks there. he was using reading from prepared remarks addressing that church. and he did an interview with that church. then after that what he did is got in his motorcade with ben carson, a native of detroit, and they went to visit dr. carson's home. and there you had donald trump on the ground for a few minutes speaking with a few residents on the block and dr. carson showed him the outside of his home. i then was able to catch up with dr. carson and i asked him a little bit about donald trump's tone lately and the way he's been doing this outreach when he talks about, you know, what the hell do you have to lose? listen in.
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we're talking about in 2016 donald trump saying to african-americans, what do you have to lose for voting for me? how does that language -- >> well, what you have to do is listen to what he's actually saying. he's saying that 50 years of these kinds of progressive policies have not led to a good place. so why would you continue to go down that pathway and expect something different to happen? and there are a lot of people who want to concentrate on -- well, he said this and he said this. without actually asking themselves, what is he saying? what is the actual message? and this is part of the problem that we have in america today. we don't listen to what a person is saying, we listen to how they said it. you know, case in point, go back and do some homework. and look at bill clinton's state of the union address in 1995. and you will find a section where he says, illegal aliens
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are creating big problems in our country. and they are getting welfare benefits and they're getting employment -- we need to stop them from doing that. we need to deport people. we need to get border agents. now if donald trump says the same thing, they say he's a hate mongering. what does that say to you about our society? it says when it's the person who says it rather than what's being said, we're not using our heads. >> we also talked with dr. ben carson a little bit about what it was like being with mr. trump here today in detroit. he said that donald trump is actually very attentive and is very -- he gets very into talking about the problems affecting inner cities. of course, a lot of the conversations that they had were behind closed doors, but certainly donald trump has finally taken his message of outreach to african-americans right here into the heart of the african-american community. >> jeremy diamond in detroit. thank you so much. we'll have much more on this interview in the 5:00 hour
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no trump! no trump! no trump! no trump! >> that was the scene greeting donald trump today outside a church in detroit. dozens of protestors gathering outside angry over the republican presidential candidate's attendance at the service and his messages over some time. inside trump took a seat in a pew at the front. you may know the woman next to him, that's amarosa, famously known for her appearance on trump's reality show "the apprentice." and a spokesperson there for him, katrina pearson. now we are joined by julian jelitzer, a historian at princeton, and cnn reporter nia-ma l nia-malika henderson. does this move the needle as it pertains to the african-american vote? >> no, i don't think so.
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he's facing historically low polls with the african-american community. much of his campaign has been very divisive and not received well by african-american voters. and i don't think a speech like this fundamentally changes the dynamics of that. >> and he was very subdued in terms of his style and trying to promise as well that there would be more prosperity, not just to detroit but to african-americans as a whole. was that effective? >> you know, i think probably not. i mean, i agree with julian here, he is facing a train that is going back to the 1930s in terms of african-americans increasingly being more democratic. african-americans are the most partisan voting bloc in the country. and you have in donald trump someone who says nice things in this very nice church environment, but he doesn't have any policies to back it up. if you look back at george w. bush, what he smartly did, he
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very much co very much courted a certain group of african-americans or black evangelicals. so he was very vocal against same sex marriage and used his office of faith-based initiatives to connect with black pastors all across the country. so that is why he was able to do so well in 2004. and by so well he basically got 11% of the african-american electorate, did better in certain states like ohio, virginia and florida, but that took so much work. i mean, he laid the groundwork for years as president. he was only able to get 11%. so i think, you know, donald trump is coming in here very late in courting black republicans. and in doing it in a scatter-shot way. on the one hand, he likes to have a message in front of white audience that is a lot of african-americans find condescending and typical and bigoting. and there he is in a different way in the black church. i don't think it will move the needle much at all.
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>> so julian, is it perplexing that it seems as though donald trump keeps missing the opportunity to be specific in certain scenarios? the expectation was among many who are watching this moment in front of the african-american church in detroit that he would be very specific. he wasn't specific. that he might be very specific on his immigration plan days ago. not specific. that he may be more specific about the cornerstone of his campaign while in mexico. he didn't take advantage of that opportunity. what does that say that he won't take advantage of those venues that could be advantageous for him potentially? >> well, some of it is an effort throughout his campaign to remain ambiguous intentionally. so that as people read into his campaign, what they think of it, it gives him some leeway to say i didn't actually say that. and that space, that blank space can be used as a political
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asset. on the other hand, in some of these moments, such as with immigration, such as on issues of race, i don't think he really wants to get more specific. because i don't think the base of his support is willing to go there. they don't want progressive issues on race. they don't want a progressive immigration policy. so i think he's doing these events to soften his image somewhat to the electorate, but he doesn't want to go so far that he actually alienates the people who brought him to the dance. >> so in the end do you see it that way? i mean, there's an intentional avoidance, i mean, there's a plan behind that plan. >> yeah, i think that's right. there's an avoidance so he can be all things to all people, but also keep those very passionate trump supporters in his camp. but i think it is very difficult to maintain that and also give credibility with new groups of folks.
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he's very good about really keeping a hold on the core supporters. but as we have seen so far, he just hasn't been able to grow his base. we'll see, we have some time, you know, i'm fairly certain that a lot of people have made up their minds and the folks who haven't probably have a lower propensity to vote than folks who have made up their minds. but we'll see, we have the debates coming up. we'll see if he's consistent in terms of this outreach. i talked to his folks, they suggest he's going to sort of take his outreach tour to different african-american communities across the country. he was in philly yesterday, of course, in detroit briefly today. we'll see if he continues to do this. >> so julian, with the upcoming debates, is this an issue for either candidate of growing support or potentially losing support? >> certainly the debates are going to be important ones and they might be different than debates of the past. we have seen that in the primaries. certainly donald trump needs to grow support. i don't think there's any question unless you're ignoring
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the polls that this is essential. so he needs to find ways beyond his speech here or there which tends to be ambiguous. it shows non-base supporters that he's someone to governor and represent broader portions of the electorate. hillary clinton, the goal is not to lose support at this point. she is ahead. she is in a position of strength. but she has to shift the conversation away from issues like e-mail and scandal to the domestic issues where i think she has a lot of strength in foreign policy. >> julian zelizer, nia-malika henderson, appreciate implts straigit. next, tropical storm hermine is causing some issues as it grows stronger. where it will hit we'll have next. extraordinary one.
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welcome back. we are following more on tropical storm her nooen where
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it -- hermine where it is expected to regain hurricane strength before the weekend is over. cnn meteorologist jennifer grey is in atlantic city, new jersey. so jennifer, what are you seeing there? >> reporter: yeah, fred, things are starting to pick up a little bit. you can definitely tell we have gusty winds. we haven't gotten into the rain yet, but just look offshore and you can see the waves building just a bit. now the beaches are closed. no one is allowed in the water, but just a couple people on the beaches. of course, this is labor day weekend with a lot of people in town. typically the beaches would be a lot more packed than this, but the crowds are still here. you can see all the people from behind me from out of town going to ride it out. you can see the boardwalk behind me, quite the crowd. there are a lot of people in town despite the dangerous storm that is going to be pushing this way. now, let me show you the track because we have been watching this, i was here a couple days
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ago waiting for this storm. and this storm is going to sit offshore for several days. could gain hurricane strength, but we do need to pay close attention to that track because that large circle, the center of the storm could be anywhere in that circle. so if the storm jogs a little bit to the west, it's going to be mean worse conditions for people all up and down the east coast. if it jogs a little to the east, that could be slightly better news. the rain is coming soon. we are not quite in it but it should be coming soon and it is going to be a messy, messy labor day weekend. a lot of rain and wind. and the storm surge is going to be the most important factor with this storm. we could be seeing up to 5 feet of storm surge up and down the jersey shore. we could see it along long island as well. but fred, the fact that this storm could sit here until wednesday is just going to batter the coast and chip away at the coast. so coastal flooding is going to be a huge, huge concern. hopefully people have made the
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preparations and people right along the coast will get to higher ground. >> that's going to be a tough scenario over the course of a few days. thank you so much, jennifer grey, in atlantic city, new jersey. we are hoping for everybody to brace for this very potentially serious storm. thank you so much to you, everyone, for watching today and being with me. i'm fredericka whitfield. "cnn newsroom" continues at the hour. but for now, we'll take a break with "vital signs" right after this break. >> i remember it was one night where my father was missing and my mother and sister were having an argument at the table and i just started eating and eating and eating. and could not stop. i just wanted to kind of shut down the emotions and went upstairs for the first time and threw up. i'm shannon kopp. i'm an author and bulimia
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