Last night in West Bend, Wisconsin, Donald Trump delivered a disciplined and pithy speech that focused on problems with immediate relevance because of the still smoldering buildings in nearby Milwaukee. Over the August 13-14, riots and arson ensued after a black cop shot to death an armed black man in the largely black Sherman Park neighborhood.
The shooting came just hours after five other Milwaukee residents were felled by criminal bullets in unrelated circumstances.
Trump’s speech focused on problems that afflict black Americans disproportionately, while he sought to explain and sell his policies regarding crime, education, immigration and jobs, and international trade. He argued that his proposals would better suit his listeners than those offered by Hillary Clinton, who largely endorses the legacy of President Barack Obama.
Trump declared, “We're at a decisive moment in this election.” The latest polls show him trailing Clinton in battleground states, including Wisconsin. In less than a week, he has announced his plans to defeat Muslim terrorism and then jobs. In West Bend, he came to talk about "how to make our communities safe again."
Trump said that the Milwaukee riots were "an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and live in peace," Trump won applause with the declaration that "Law and order must be restored."
"The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods," Trump continued. "It's their jobs, it's their homes, it's their schools and communities which will suffer the most as a result. There's no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct for anyone."
Moreover, Trump said that the problem facing “our poorest communities is not that there are too many police. The problem is that there are not enough police."
"Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society — a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent — share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places," Trump said. Clinton and others, he charged, "have fostered a dangerous anti-police atmosphere."
"The war on police must end, and it must end now," Trump said. "Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, or the robber, or the looter, or the violent disruptor, of which there are many. Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely — safely — walk the streets and walk to school. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school."
"My opponent, Hillary, would rather protect the offender than the victim."
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is rumored to have contributed to Trump’ speech. In West Bend, Trump paid tribute to Giuliani, "my wonderful friend.” Trump said, "Imagine how many lives could have been saved, all across this country, if Democratic politicians hadn't blocked in their cities what Rudy did in New York City?" Trump asked. "I'll make sure we deliver safe neighborhoods here in Milwaukee…but also across this country."
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