Donald Trump’s historical primary victory was made possible by his strong support among white voters, but that won’t be enough to carry him to victory in the general election. It looks like Trump is starting to realize that as well. He appears to be toning down some of his racially charged rhetoric in the wake of the Dallas shooting.
The presumptive GOP nominee issued a statement condemning the killing of the Dallas police officers. That was not unexpected as the GOP loves to talk about their support for law enforcement. The surprising bit was when Trump characterized the recent killing of two black men as “senseless” and “tragic.”
‘Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded – is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.
‘We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.
‘The senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
‘This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.
‘Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.
‘This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.’
Oklahoma governor, and potential Trump VP nominee, Mary Fallin went so far as to say that Trump is “trying to campaign as a racial healer.” Fallin was referencing video where Trump said that “racial divisions have gotten worse not better.”
Some people might interpret Trump’s recent statements as a sign that he is waking up to the problems facing America, but those people should keep in mind that Trump still wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and seeks to ban all Muslims from entering the country. Racial division is a problem in this country and Trump has been fanning the flames since he launched his bigoted campaign. It’s far too late for him to try and put out the fire he helped start.
You can CNN’s interview with Fallin here: