Forty miles north of the racially charged unrest in Milwaukee, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a nearly all-white crowd in West Bend, Wi., yesterday, accusing Hillary Clinton of complicity in violence against police officers and claiming to “reject the bigotry” of Democrats, who he said were responsible for the plight of many black neighborhoods, the New York Times reports.
In some of his strongest language yet, Trump told a crowd of 2,000 that he would restore “law and order” and that Clinton “panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes.” He blamed her for pushing a narrative that he said had helped set off the demonstrations in Milwaukee and other cities after police-involved shootings. Trump declined to hold a public event in Milwaukee, where 40 percent of residents are black, and instead decided to speak in a place where 95 percent of residents are white and where many hoped his rally would be a chance to celebrate the police.
Trump, who has not held a campaign event aimed at blacks in their communities, said, “Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially for those policing in the affected communities, of which there are many.” Trump vowed to increase the number of officers patrolling neighborhoods and to put an end to a “war on our police.” He accused Clinton of “peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society” and said she should share “the responsibility for the unrest” in the nation. He added: “She is against the police, believe me. You know it and I know it, and guess what? She knows it.” Clinton has cast Trump’s statements as racist.