The GOP is really trying hard to garner more minority voters. Last week,  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made a visit to Detroit to open the party’s African-American Engagement Office.

But unfortunately, they failed.  The audience was mostly comprised of white people.

The event was held at the  Grace Bible Chapel, and according to the invite, the event was intended to “celebrate the opening of our African-American Engagement Office in Detroit”.  Inside showed a different story.  Sure there were black people in attendance, they just happened to be protesters from the National Action Network outside.


This event was in stark contrast to Paul’s earlier visit to the African-American Engagement Office on Livernois Avenue.

According to the progressive site Eclectablog, “The seats in the tiny space were filled with well-dressed supporters, most of whom were African-American.” But some people felt that this was a staged event.

“Today’s opening of this office is the beginning of a new Republican Party,” Paul said. “This is going to be a Republican Party that is in big cities and small cities, in the countryside, in the city. It’s going to be about bringing a message that is popular no matter where you’re from, whether you’re rich or poor, whether you’re black, white or brown.”

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