“Something was up,” Trump told Fox and Friends on Thurday morning. “I noticed she was so nervous when she introduced me.”
“When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. I said, wow, this is kind of strange. Then she came up. So she had that in mind, there’s no question,” Trump said.
I was in the room as a pool reporter at the time and here’s what happened: Trump visited Bethel United Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon after briefly touring Flint’s water treatment plant. (Flint has become a must-visit campaign stop this year, because of its high-profile water quality crisis.)
Pastor Faith Green Timmons introduced Trump to the predominantly African-American crowd of about 50 people, and she didn’t appear nervous at all.
Trump began his brief speech with a joke. “It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”
After that, Trump shifted into a version of his now-standard stump speech, blasting free trade deals like NAFTA, and pointing out that then-President Clinton completed the international trade deal.
As Trump began to criticize his opponent, Hillary Clinton, Timmons slowly walked back onto the stage.
“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done for Flint, not to give a political speech,” she said.
“Oh, oh, OK, OK, OK, that’s good,” Trump said. “Then I’m going to go back onto Flint, OK.”
“The audience was saying let him speak, let him speak,” Trump told Fox and Friends.
That isn’t true. In fact, several audience members began to heckle Trump, asking pointed questions about whether he racially discriminated against black tenants as a landlord.
And that’s when Timmons — who Trump said Thursday had planned to ambush him — stepped …