Trump: Charlotte unrest shows ‘lack of spirit between the white and the black’ – Politico


“It’s a terrible thing that we’re witnessing,” Donald Trump says. | Getty

The turmoil in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a black man was fatally shot by a police officer Tuesday, shows the “lack of spirit” between white Americans and African-Americans, Donald Trump said Thursday.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night after violence erupted as residents continued to protest the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

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According to reports, police in riot gear used tear gas to try to calm protesters, several of whom were injured, including one who was shot by another protester, police said.

“It just seems that there’s a lack of spirit between the white and the black. I mean, it’s a terrible thing that we’re witnessing,” Trump told “Fox and Friends” during a phone interview Thursday. “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.”

“And I see it even going out, there’s such a lack of — there’s a lack of spirit,” he continued. “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.”

For Trump, he said, the “very sad” violent turn of protests was “wow, here we go again.” “It’s very divided, our country, and it’s getting worse,” Trump said. “I’m not overly surprised to see it, but it’s happening.”

The Republican presidential nominee renewed his call for law and order, suggesting that’s 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 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.”


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