Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is trying to look tough when it comes to law and order. At the same time, he wants to look empathetic towards African American voters.
Trump has been trying to walk this fine line as he has addressed recent events on the campaign trail. He has been critical of the violent protests that have erupted recently. But he has been cautious, since the protests were about another fatal shooting of an African American man by the police.
Donald Trump After African American Vote
Trump has spoken on recent events, regarding the rioting that was happening in Charlotte, North Carolina. He took a chance with something that is outside of his comfort zone.
Although many expected her to say something, Trump’s opponent remained silent. Hillary Clinton did not make any comments about mounting racial tensions in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Democratic nominee has been out of the public eye, preparing for the first presidential debate.
With less than two months to go until election day, the Trump campaign is looking for the support of African American voters. So, Donald Trump has been reaching out to the African American community recently. He has visited black churches and has come out with messages tailored for African American voters. Trump has spoken to black audiences telling them that Barack Obama has failed them.
There have also been missteps in the campaign. An Ohio volunteer with the Trump campaign told the press that there had been no racism before electing Barack Obama. Kathy Miller is the name of the Ohio volunteer and she was probably trying to shift the blame for recent events on the current Democrat president. She resigned from the Trump campaign shortly after her comments.
Donald Trump Talks About Unity
The candidate himself sometimes sent mixed messages, using language that can be open to interpretation. Trump called for a country that should be united in a “spirit of togetherness”. But his language seemed divisive at times.
On Thursday night the Republican nominee was at a rally in a Philadelphia suburb. Donald Trump told the audience that the rioting in the streets must be put to an end immediately. He qualified the rioting as a threat to peaceful citizens. Also, he said that his opinion is that the real victims of the violent demonstrations are still African Americans. The African Americans who abide by the law and just want to live in a safe, peaceful community.
“The rioting in our streets is a threat to all peaceful citizens and it must be ended and ended now,” the New York businessman declared at a rally in suburban Philadelphia on Thursday night. He added: “The main victims of these violent demonstrations are law-abiding African-Americans who live in these communities and only want to raise their children in safety and peace.”
Trump also talked about Clinton and accused her of supporting “with a nod” a certain narrative that is detrimental to the country. He was referring to a narrative that says that police officers are a racist force in society.
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