Donald Trump appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night and told Bill O’Reilly that he could relate to the struggles of Black Americans because he, too, has struggled against the system.
When the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” asked if the presumptive Republican nominee thought that there were problems between Black and white Americans, Trump responded in the positive, saying:
‘We have a divider as a president. He is the great divider, and I have said it for a long time. And it’s probably not been much worse at any time. So it’s a very sad situation, actually.’
O’Reilly asked Trump how he would respond to Black Americans who feel that the system has been biased against them and feel that they don’t get the same opportunities as white citizens. Trump responded by saying that he can relate:
‘Well, I have been saying even against me the system is rigged when I ran as a, you know, for president, I mean, I could see what was going on with the system and the system is rigged.’
‘What I’m saying is they are not necessarily wrong. I mean, there are certain people where unfortunately, that comes into play … And I can relate it really very much to myself.’
Trump then went on to say that he really wanted to say that he could actually relate to the African-American experience, but then admitted that he probably couldn’t.
On the subject of racial violence and profiling by police, Trump was even more eloquent. Referring to the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Donald Trump said:
‘But it was bad. Both of them were very, very sad. So maybe that’s lack of training. Maybe it’s bad people. I don’t know. It’s such a sad thing to see those two sites.’
Trump remained adamant in his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, however, calling the movement “divisive” in this video from the show.
Donald Trump has a history of being pretty divisive himself. Most recently he was accused of posting an anti-Hillary ad with anti-Semitic undertones. The ad featured the star of David on top of a picture of a pile of money and the word “corrupt,” as shown in this comparison on CNN.
Last November, he posted a tweet claiming that crime statistics show that Blacks kill 81 percent of white homicide victims. The tweet included the following image, courtesy of Politifact, who also debunked these inaccurate statistics.
Trump has also been known to frequently retweet content from known White Supremacist groups.
It’s difficult to tell if Donald Trump has any intention of “reuniting” Black and White America, should he become president. He recently declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP convention, which might presumably have given him an opportunity to build closer ties with the Black community.
The NAACP’s Cornell William Brooks told CNN that the organization, which is holding their convention next week in Cincinnati, Ohio, was hoping Trump could make the short trip from Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention is being held at the same time.
Brooks told CNN:
‘Mr. Trump has declined our invitation, so we will hear from Sec. Clinton.’
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