At the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hillary Clinton said that “implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police.” Donald Trump didn’t directly respond to that assertion, instead giving a meandering answer that touched on no-fly and watch lists, gun rights and the stop-and-frisk police method, which he called “tremendous.”
Nearly 48 hours later, at a rally in the Milwaukee suburbs on Wednesday night, Trump delivered a direct response with the assistance of two teleprompters.
“First she calls our supporters — many of them cops, soldiers, firefighters — deplorable and irredeemable,” Trump said, referring to a comment Clinton made about his supporters at a fundraiser. “Then in our debate this week, she accuses the entire country — including all of law enforcement — of implicit bias, essentially suggesting that everyone, including our police, are basically racist and prejudiced. You heard that. And I’m standing there in front of this massive crowd of people… And I said to myself: ‘Did she really say that?’ She said it. It’s a bad thing she said.”
As Trump spoke, the crowd repeatedly booed Clinton and some shouted: “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Trump then told the crowd that Clinton had once labeled juvenile criminals as “super predators.” Trump said that the label applied to “young African-American men,” although Clinton had used the term generally in a 1996 speech to describe young people who commit serious crimes.
“How can Hillary Clinton try to lead this country when she has such a low opinion of its citizens?” Trump said. “How can she lead this country when she thinks America is full of racists, deplorables and irredeemables? You’re not irredeemable, you’re not irredeemable. You’re not deplorable.”
A few minutes later, Trump said that the country is currently being led by “incompetent people” and that, in his opinion, Clinton is “the most incompetent of all.” Before the rally, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani addressed the crowd and repeatedly called Clinton “too stupid to be president.”
“By smearing tens of millions of hardworking, decent Americans, she has rendered herself unfit to be president — she is unfit to be president,” Trump said.
He continued: “Hillary Clinton lacks the character and judgment to hold public office. … She has nothing but hostility in her heart for hardworking Americans of all backgrounds who just want to live in safety, security and peace. The police officers she attacks are the same people — of all colors and nationalities — who race into danger every day to save the lives of totally, complete strangers, people they’ve never met.”
A man in the crowd shouted: “Thank you, Trump!”
Trump again called for increased law and order to crack down on crime, noting the high rate of shootings in Chicago. He predicted that African-American voters will not turn out to vote for Clinton because “they’re too smart, and they know they’re being used.” He repeated many of his criticisms of Clinton and shared a conspiracy theory that has been circulating on the web by accusing Google of suppressing negative articles about Clinton.
“How about that?” Trump said. “How about that?”
Toward the end of the speech, Trump delivered a sweeping promise: “We have six weeks to make every dream you’ve ever dreamed for your country come true.”
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