Republican presidential candidate has spent a lot of time talking about African-Americans and their lives in the U.S. during the last few weeks in hopes of courting their votes.
However, what he has not done is actually go into a black community or church and address those voters face to face.
Tomorrow, Trump will sit down with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson for a one on one interview that will air on Bishop Jackson’s cable TV network, Impact Network.
The New York Times is reporting today, however, that Trump’s side of the interview will be rehearsed. In fact, the campaign has already written his script for him.
Jackson apparently sent the list of planned questions to Trump days in advance of the sit down, and the NY Times has obtained a document containing Trump’s carefully crafted answers.
An eight-page draft script obtained by The New York Times shows 12 questions that Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the pastor, intends to ask Mr. Trump in the taped question-and-answer session, as well as the responses Mr. Trump is being advised to give.
The proposed answers were devised by aides working for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an official who has been involved in the planning but declined to be identified while speaking about confidential strategy.
Given the importance of Donald J. Trump’s visit to a black church, the Trump campaign went so far as to script Mr. Trump’s answers to the church’s pastor’s questions, which were submitted in advance. A draft of the script was obtained by The New York Times.
The document includes the exact wording of answers the aides are proposing for Mr. Trump to give to questions about police killings, racial tension and the perception among many black voters that he and the Republican Party are racist, among other topics.
According to reports, the scripted answers are light on policy, and written with the hope that Trump will be able to avoid the stumbles he’s encountered in the past when asked about his faith.