Donald Trump enjoys promoting the politics of fear.
In his doom-and-gloom view of America, Trump, during his acceptance speech for President, put panic in the hearts of many Americans by portraying this republic as a dangerous place in “crisis” and where “crime is through the roof” in inner cities across the country.
Once again, Trump is predictable. Once again, Trump is lying.
The truth is that, yes, crime is a big problem in inner cities across America, but according to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI, major crimes in the United States are decreasing, not rising.
President Barack Obama correctly said that Trump was overly pessimistic and just plain wrong.
“This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people,” Obama said during a press conference in the White House Friday.
“I think it is important to be absolutely clear here. Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts,” Obama said, while citing statistics showing crime rates have fallen under his presidency.
“America is much less violent than it was 20 or 30 years ago,” Obama said.
Trump seems to re-invent himself every few days and this week Trump claims he’s the law and order candidate, vowing to snuff out crime in the blink of an eye if he’s elected president.
How can anyone take this reality-tv-star-turned-presidential candidate seriously?
Trump is hoping that many white voters who are already suspicious of Brown and Black people will rally around his immigrant-bashing candidacy.
“The first task for our administration will be to liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities,” Trump said.
“I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country,” he said.
“I have a message for all of you: The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end,” Trump said.
When exactly will that happen? And how? As always, Trump is long on rhetoric and short on substance. He never offers details, just a string of tired one-liners. Absurdity is the hallmark of his candidacy.
Trump fired up the GOP delegates last week in Cleveland by suggesting that illegal immigrants and other people of color are roaming the streets of America’s cities killing, raping and pillaging.
“In the president’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone,” Trump said. “And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.”
“The administration has failed America’s inner cities,” Trump said. “It’s failed them on education. It’s failed them on jobs. It’s failed them on crime. It’s failed them at every level.”
I think Obama has done the best he could under near impossible circumstances.
Obama can lobby for gun control, but he can’t force a hostile Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislation; he can advocate for cultural understanding, but he can’t stop racial profiling; he can argue against hate crimes, but he can’t prevent white supremacist groups from backing Trump.
Trump’s list of supporters include David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who tweeted late week how much he enjoyed Trump’s acceptance speech.
And meanwhile, the race is tightening: A NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll last week had Hillary Clinton with a 46-45 percent edge.
“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves,” Trump said during his speech last week. “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
More delusional rhetoric from Trump, a bombastic political salesman.
A good friend sums up Trump’s tiresome persona perfectly:
“Just a mouth runnin!’ ”