With The White House desperately calling for “peaceful protest” in Charlotte, the Justice Department urging “peaceful protest” and the need to “build trust,” and Hillary Clinton asking for “peace” saying the deaths of black men is “unbearable,” the Democrat public relations machine is in full swing as riots continue. Donald Trump, however, took a different angle. As opposed to clinging to politically correct and meaningless one-liners, Trump pointed the finger for this turmoil at President Obama (and Hillary) exclaiming: “You look at the level of hatred… the rocks being thrown and everything happening. It’s so sad to see. You know, this is the United States of America. I mean… it starts with leadership.”
“I mean, it’s a terrible thing that we’re witnessing. You’re seeing it. I’m seeing it, and you look at what went on last night in Charlotte — a great place — and you just see it.”
As Politico reports, Donald Trump on Thursday subtly pinned the blame for the turmoil in Charlotte, North Carolina, on President Barack Obama, suggesting that the violent protests there highlight a racial divide in America that Obama has failed to mend as president.
“It just seems that there’s a lack of spirit between the white and the black,” Trump said Thursday during a phone interview with “Fox and Friends.”
“There’s such a lack of — there’s a lack of spirit,”
“There’s a lack of something. Something’s going on that’s bad, and what’s going on between police and others is getting worse.”
The Republican presidential nominee renewed his call for law and order, pitching it as the solution to the unrest in Charlotte and outrage nationwide over police-involved shootings of black men, who in many cases have been unarmed when they were fatally shot.
“Well, it’s wow, here we go again,” Trump said, reacting to news of protests following another officer-involved shooting. “It’s very sad. When you look at what’s going on, it’s very sad. It’s very divided, our country, and it’s getting worse. I’m not overly surprised to see it, but it’s happening.”
Unlike Clinton’s status quo approach – that is clearly not working, Trump argued that a dialogue between police and the communities they serve won’t solve this problem, pointing to the ambush in Dallas this summer, when a black man killed five officers and injured a dozen more.
“If you look at Dallas, there was a dialogue. They prided themselves on dialogue,” Trump said.
“And they were constantly talking and meeting and having community groups and, you know, that was — that was a pretty rough situation, to put it mildly. A terrible, terrible situation. That sounds good. It sounds right, but there’s something deeper than that.”
What’s necessary, Trump maintained, is a combination of law and order and leadership that unify a divided nation, leadership he intimated is lacking from America’s current leader.
“Well, it really has to be — you have to have law and order at the time, you have to have, you know, you have to have a certain spirit, a certain unity, and there’s no unity,” Trump said.
“You look at the level of hatred, the, you know, the rocks being thrown and everything happening. It’s so sad to see. You know, this is the United States of America. I mean, it’s so sad to see. But there’s just no unity. There has to be a unity message that has to get out, and it starts with leadership.”
But what Trump didn’t say explicitly, his surrogates did. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared in separate Fox News segments in which they both slammed Obama’s lack of leadership.
“First of all, it’s a tragedy that eight years after our first African-American president took office, eight years after we’ve had two African-American attorney generals, the gap and the hostility, if anything, is worse, and I think that’s a tragic failure of leadership,”
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