Donald Trump got himself in trouble on Wednesday when he went to a church in Flint, Mich. and started bashing Hillary Clinton – and now he’s hitting back at the pastor who shamed him. The pastor at the church, the Rev. Green Faith Timmons, confronted Trump as he started to bash his rival by telling him that she didn’t want him using her church to launch political attacks. During an appearance on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Trump said the pastor was a “nervous mess” who exhibited “strange” behavior.
“You know, this has started happening throughout most of my appearances recently,” Trump said. “I don’t know whether it’s something in the air or maybe it’s me, but at the end of the day, I seem to be destined to talk to some pretty crazy folks. And this insane reverend is just the latest in a long line of people who I honestly think should be talking to a psychiatrist or something, because their behavior is just, wow, I was left speechless,” the Republican presidential candidate told Fox & Friends.
He continued, “But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this latest incident. I mean, at the end of the day, Rev. Timmons is black, and she’s also a woman, so there is no way anyone in their right mind should expect her to understand the message I was trying to convey. And that’s what confuses me – even though I have nothing against black people, it amazes me how limited they can be in their understanding of the things that are going on around them sometimes. And then you add to that the fact that the reverend is a woman, you’ve got a double threat, you know, psychologically speaking.”
“And in case anyone doubts what I’ve just said, just remember how many attacks I’ve suffered at the hands of black people and women since my presidential campaign first started,” he added. “At the risk of sounding megalomaniacal, which I’m most certainly not, if you were to substitute black people with Jews and women with other men, I’m almost like Jesus when he was persecuted for preaching about Christianity. It’s almost the same thing, only, I have to say, I wouldn’t want to end up like he did if I had a choice,” he added jokingly.
“But the one thing I’m definitely not kidding about is the fact that I’m trying to do something good for this country, I’m trying to make it great again, and there’s a certain amount of the population that just doesn’t possess the ability to comprehend the way in which I’m trying to do it. And yes – that part of the population includes women and black people,” he argued. One of the hosts interjected at that point and asked, “But wait, doesn’t that mean that your campaign only caters to conservative white men, which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is racist?”
“Look, let me tell you one thing,” Trump went back to his own logic. “Conservative white men built this country and made it what it is today. And if other members of the population are having a hard time dealing with the fact that they’re minorities and that conservative white people are the majority, you know, that’s their problem. At the end of the day, I don’t have any preferences when it comes to who wants to vote for me and I welcome each vote. As for the reasons why somebody wants to vote for me, that’s their own thing and I’m not going to go into that,” he concluded.