ASTON, Pa. — Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton shares responsibility for “the unrest that is afflicting our country” during a fiery campaign rally here Thursday, remarks that follow a night of chaotic and violent protests in Charlotte after the fatal police shooting of a black man.
“Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society — and this is a narrative that is supported with a nod by my opponent, you see what she’s saying, and it’s not good — share responsibly and the unrest that is afflicting our country and hurting those who have really the very least,” Trump said here Thursday evening.
Trump condemned violent protesters during several speeches Thursday and called for national unity, but during his daylong swing through the state he did not directly address intense concerns among black Americans about systemic police discrimination. He said that “the problem is that there are not enough police.”
Though Trump remained largely complimentary of law enforcement officers Thursday, he suggested at one point during a speech Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh that authorities should respect “all members of the public” and be properly trained.
On Wednesday Trump was critical of the police officer who shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa. He said during a campaign event in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, that police officers who “choke” or feel scared should not be working. That event, which focused on combating the impression among minority voters that he is racist, was attended by Midwestern pastors and members of his diversity outreach network.
Trump tore into Clinton throughout his speech, which was billed as an education-focused speech by the campaign, and accused her of lacking empathy for minorities living in poverty.
“Hillary Clinton does not have to worry about the sirens and the gunshots. She doesn’t worry about it. She’s sleeping, she’s sleeping,” Trump said. “No, it’s the poor family living in the inner city, it’s the poor mother who feels like a refugee in her own country. Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to hear their voices, so I will be their voice.”
Trump said that African American and Latino communities in particular are most affected by civil unrest and violent protests.
“For every one violent disrupter, there are thousands of moms and dads in those communities who just want their kids to be able to walk home safely from their schools,” he said.