Donald Trump gave a speech on Thursday and veered away from his teleprompter, and once again, put his foot in his mouth with his incredibly insensitive remarks.
Trump was discussing the recent violence and unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina, and went off-speech and attributed the violence — without offering any evidence — to drugs. Trump said, “If you’re not aware, drugs are a very, very big factor in what you’re watching on television.”
Trump trails Hillary Clinton by approximately 80 percent points among African-American voters, and tried to explain that his promise to restore order to cities plagued by racial tensions is an effort to protect disproportionately affected minority communities. Trump said, “There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump Administration.”
Trump continued, “Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the violent disrupter, but to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent trying to raise their kids in peace, to walk their children to school and to get their children a great education. We have to cherish and protect those people.”
But his ad-libbed comment blaming drugs for these violent uprisings seemed to validate stereotypes about black communities — seemingly supporting the criticism that Trump’s larger outreach effort to African-American voters is really an attempt to convince moderate Republican women that he isn’t a racist.
So once again, he is pandering, and proving exactly who he is, and what he is about.