Donald Trump predicts more riots and violence between blacks and police are to come this summer. The deaths of five white police officers in an ambush resulting from the growing discord between African-Americans and police is raising concerns for the entire nation.
The Washington Post cites the Associated Press in an interview Trump gave regarding his views on the latest state of poor relations between law enforcement and the African-American community. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee shared that he thinks insufficiently trained officers might be part of the reason two black men died at the hands of white policemen last week.
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Although Trump deemed the name Black Lives Matter “a very divisive term,” he did acknowledge concerns of the African-American community. This comes after an enraged African-American military veteran killed five white officers in Dallas last Thursday following the fatal shootings of two black men by white officers occurred in Minnesota and Louisiana.
Donald Trump predicts more protests and violence between officers and blacks are on the horizon. He wants to restore law and order, which is now one of his platforms. He calls himself the “law and order” president.
Trump compares the anti-police movement to the harassment returning veterans faced after serving in Vietnam.
“It’s time for our hostility against our police, and against all members of law enforcement, to end, and end immediately, right now,” Trump said
The billionaire businessman didn’t continue without addressing the “tragic deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota.” He agreed that “a lot of work” needs to be done in order for every American to feel protected.
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After viewing the videos of Alton Sterling being held down then shot by police in Baton Rouge last Tuesday, and Philando Castile being fatally shot by an officer in St. Paul, Trump admitted they were “horrible” to watch.
“I thought they were horrible, horrible to witness,” Trump said. “Whether that’s a lack of training or whatever, but I thought they were two incidents that were absolutely horrible to witness. At the same time, our country is losing its spirit. African-Americans are absolutely losing their spirit.”
Donald Trump blames the bleak mood of the country’s black community on high unemployment and low wages.
“Jobs can solve so many problems,” he said. “And we’re going to open our country up and we’re going to be a huge jobs producer again instead of having terrible jobs.
“Our good jobs are going away, they’re going away from this country. We’re going to open our country up again for great jobs where people can make terrific livings and be happy.”
Trump wants African-Americans who feel targeted by police over their race to know that he wants to hear what they have to say and help “build up the spirit.” He explained that it’s important police and people get along. Right now it’s a “divided country” and people aren’t getting along.
Trump predicts more riots will emerge this summer.
“When President Obama said the other day that he doesn’t think it’s as bad as people think, I think it’s far worse and certainly far worse than he believes it is,” Trump said. “We are in a divided nation. I looked two nights ago and you were having trouble in 11 different cities, big, big trouble. And the press actually plays it down.
“I mean, you were having big, big trouble in many cities. And I think that might be just the beginning for this summer.”
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump adviser, called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist.” When asked if he agrees with Giuliani’s thoughts, Donald Trump said he’s heard the group’s activists say “horrible, horrible things about police and about others,” adding that, “if they’re going to allow that to go along rhetorically, this is not a good thing for our country.”
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