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Trump holding campaign event at Detroit church this weekend

Craig Mauger, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will visit Detroit Saturday and hold a roundtable discussion at a church in the city, according to an announcement from his campaign.

Trump, the former president who's challenging Democratic incumbent President Joe Biden this fall, also is scheduled to speak this weekend in Detroit at a convention that's being organized by the conservative group Turning Point Action.

"President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, will visit Detroit to listen to members of the community," a statement from Trump's campaign said. "President Trump will discuss how Joe Biden has failed the great people of Detroit and the State of Michigan."

Detroit is Michigan's largest city. About 78% of Detroit's population is Black, according to U.S. Census data.

Biden's campaign has prioritized reaching out to voters in the city with the president speaking at the NAACP Detroit Branch's 69th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner inside Huntington Place on May 19. Vice President Kamala Harris was in Detroit on Saturday night, speaking at a Michigan Democratic Party fundraiser at Huntington Place.

Biden won Michigan in 2020 51%-48% over Trump and was aided by getting 240,936 votes in Detroit, defeating Trump there, 94%-5%.

Despite there being no proof of systemic voter fraud in Detroit, in the days after the 2020 election, Trump labeled Detroit "totally corrupt" and said there had been an improper dump of votes there. But judges, canvassers and audits upheld the results of the election.

 

Some Democrats are concerned that voters in Detroit won't turn out for Biden the same way they did in 2020 this fall in a rematch with Trump, potentially providing a path for the Republican to flip Michigan.

There are 148 days until the Nov. 5 presidential election.

The Turning Point Action event in Detroit will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Huntington Place convention center. Turning Point Action was founded by conservative activist and radio host Charlie Kirk.

Turning Point's "People's Convention" also will feature appearances by Republican former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and former Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, according to a website.

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