Some people feel race relations have gone way down over the past five years or so, and it’s a point that Bill O’Reilly is well aware of. O’Reilly largely believes that Obama is dividing people, rather than bringing them together. He had Donald Trump on his show The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday evening to ask Trump his opinion on race relations and what he could do to help.
O’Reilly first asked Trump if there is generally a problem between blacks and whites in America.
“Sadly there would seem to be and it’s getting more and more obvious,” Trump answered with a sad, but concerned tone.
Donald Trump not only talked about the police that were shot in Dallas last Thursday but the men who lost their lives due to what many considered police brutality. Trump says he believes race relations can be healed, but we have a divider as a president and he has contributed to all of this. O’Reilly then asked Trump if he had a plan to lessen racial tensions in America.
“Well, one thing is spirit. The country doesn’t have any spirit…We can say, ‘Oh gee, that’s just a general statement, but it’s not a general statement…We need a cheerleader, not a divider,” Trump answered, without giving any specifics on his plan.
After Bill O’Reilly told Trump that there are still many African Americans who believe the system is biased against them, Donald Trump said he agreed with them that the system is definitely rigged but it’s not always racial. O’Reilly asked Trump if he understood the African American experience, and Trump admitted that he really can’t say he does since he is white.
O’Reilly then asked Trump how he can help lift the grievances of the African American community and turn them into something positive.
“Because I do understand what goes on in life and I do understand that the economics of our country are not the same…that people are making much less in wages than they were 18 years ago. That our jobs are leaving the country. That our educational system stinks — it’s absolutely horrible, ” Trump answered, noting that all of this is hurting the black community.
When O’Reilly asked Trump what goes through his mind after he sees recent videos of African Americans being murdered by police, he answered that he thought it was disgusting and not sure if it’s poor training or nerves, but it’s a bad situation all around. Donald Trump didn’t deny there could be systemic discrimination against blacks in law enforcement, but he clearly stated that he has nothing but respect for police officers and what they go though.
Unfortunately, according to Fortune, Donald Trump expects more violence between police and African Americans and says relations are “far worse” than people think.
“Donald Trump says he believes relations between police and the nation’s African-American community are ‘far worse’ than people think, predicting that protests against police violence that followed last week’s slaying of five police officers in Dallas might be just the beginning for this summer.”
Just like he did in his interview with O’Reilly, Donald Trump claims he understands the concerns among African Americans when it comes to police, but that he believes the Black Lives Matter movement has become very divisive. This is a point Trump also made in his interview with O’Reilly, telling Bill he thought the group’s actions are dividing and hurting America. What do you think of Donald Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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