Donald Trump went on the attack against presidential rival Hillary Clinton again on Tuesday, this time claiming that she is anti-police and panders to African-American voters.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes — that’s all they care about,” Trump said at a rally located 40 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was overcome with violence on Saturday following the police shooting of an African-American man.
Currently lagging behind Clinton in the polls, the GOP nominee told the crowd, “Our opponent Hillary would rather protect the offender than the victim … a vote for her is a vote for another generation of poverty, high crime and lost opportunities,” the Associated Press reported.
“The violence, riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of citizens to live in security and to live in peace,” Trump continued to tell supporters at the rally, which was held at the Ziegler Building at the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center in West Bend, Wisconsin. “Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all but most especially for the sake of those living in the affected communities, of which there are many.”
Trump’s accusations came after Clinton said she is absolutely bewildered when her rival talks about national security.
“What [Trump] often says hurts us. It sends the wrong message to friend and foe alike,” she said, adding that, while at the Rio Olympics, “Team USA is showing the world what this country stands for.”
The GOP presidential nominee then directly made his appeal to African-American voters, ABC News reported.
“The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods,” said Trump, who has been struggling to attract black voters. “It’s their job, it’s their homes, it’s their schools and communities which will suffer the most as a result. There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct for anyone. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor and will never be accepted in a Trump administration.”
In the shadow of Trump’s speech about race in America, vendors sold Confederate flags to supporters, which ABC reporter Candace Smith captured on camera.
WEST BEND, WI- Outside Trump rally in my ongoing series "Confederate Flags Around America." Vendor says he's sold 5 pic.twitter.com/suqlwp7hwv
— Candace Smith Chekwa (@CandaceSmith_) August 16, 2016