Donald Trump spoke Wednesday at a church in Flint, Mich., to make a speech on helping where the government had failed the people of the town after a water quality crisis began in April 2014.
At one point in the speech, Trump began to attack his rival Hillary Clinton, and because of doing so, the pastor of the church interrupted the Republican presidential candidate.
“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech,” said the Rev. Faith Green Timmons, the pastor of the Bethel United Methodist Church.
The Republican nominee quickly stopped, then said “Ok, that’s good, then I’m going to go back to Flint” and its water crisis that had sickened its citizens.
It was Trump’s first visit to the city since the water quality crisis began.
After receiving the message from the pastor, things seemed to get only worse for Trump.
The interruption seemed to embolden those in the sparse crowd. One woman shouted that Trump had used discriminatory housing practices in his buildings, causing the celebrity businessman to respond, “Never, you’re wrong. Never would.”
The pastor also attempted to silence those shouting at Trump.
He abruptly ended his speech, which had lasted six minutes. More heckling followed him out.
The visit was part of the campaign’s effort to persuade voters that the celebrity businessman can appear empathetic and presidential in a crisis. Trump also has his eye on a good showing in the industrial Midwest, though polls have him down in Michigan, which last went Republican in 1988.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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