Tuesday Donald Trump responded to violence following a police shooting in Milwaukee with a wide-ranging attack on rival Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, accusing Clinton of “bigotry” and saying she sees African-Americans as no more than votes to be won.
“The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community,” Trump told supporters in West Bend, Wis., 45 minutes outside Milwaukee. “It is time to break with the failures of the past.”
The real estate mogul accused Clinton of setting herself “against the police” and called for more law enforcement officers in local communities, vowing to “break up the gangs, the cartels, and criminal syndicates terrorizing our neighborhoods.”
“[Clinton] panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes, not as individual human beings worthy of a better future,” Trump said. “She doesn’t care at all about the hurting people of this country, or the suffering she has caused them.”
There was no immediate comment from the Clinton campaign. On Monday, Clinton told supporters during a stop in Scranton, Pa. that the Milwaukee protests showed the nation had “urgent work to do to rebuild trust between police and communities” and said “everyone should have respect for the law and be respected by the law.”
Addressing the weekend riots in Wisconsin’s largest city after the shooting of a black man by a black police officer, Trump noted, “The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-Americans living in these neighborhoods.”
Later, Trump said the impact of Democratic control of major cities has been “more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.”
In an apparent response to criticism of his acceptance speech at last month’s Republican National Convention, Trump said that “the future [Clinton] offers is the most pessimistic thing I can imagine.”
He also accused Clinton of preferring to “deny opportunities to millions of young African-American children, just so she can curry favor with the education bureaucracy.”
Trump also returned to the topic of the speaking fees Clinton collected after leaving her position as secretary of state. If elected, Trump vowed, he would ban senior officials from collecting speaking fees from corporations with a registered lobbyist or any entity tied to a foreign government for five years after leaving office.
Trump began his visit with a meeting with local law enforcement officers at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center on Lake Michigan. Among those present were Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who penned an op-ed Monday blaming liberal Democrats and the media for the unrest that has rocked the city.