Donald Trump stops in Chester Township, Pa., Thursday for a rally in the battleground state. Hillary Clinton maintains a lighter schedule heading into the first debate next week.

  • Donald Trump faces his first questions over controversies involving his foundation and "birther" comments
  • Mike Pence says there's "far too much talk" about racism and policing.
  • Trump wants to expand stop-and-frisk policies despite concerns that the policies are racially discriminatory
  • Meanwhile, Trump orders a cheese steak from a Philadelphia restaurant with controverisal past
  • Hillary Clinton wonders, "Why aren't I 50 points ahead, you might ask?"

Donald Trump says Charlotte violence makes country look 'bad to the world'

 (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)
(Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

Law-abiding African Americans would be harmed most by the violence in Charlotte, and order must be restored, Donald Trump said Thursday, adding that clashes between police and civilians should be treated as a national crisis.

“For every one violent protester there are thousands of moms and dads and kids in that same community who really just want to be able to sleep safely at night,” Trump said, reading from prepared remarks before an energy speech at a hydraulic fracturing conference in Pittsburgh. 

Trump, who on Wednesday had called for police departments to step up "stop and frisk" policies, treaded relatively lightly into the situation in Charlotte, trying to acknowledge both sides while insisting that the need for order was paramount.

The unrest was part of a larger issue involving the economy and crime, he said. 

“We need a national anti-crime agenda to make our cities safe again,” Trump said citing former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a close advisor, as an example of his approach to crime.

"Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the violent disruptor, but to make life more comfortable for the African American parent trying to raise their kids in peace," he said.

The rights of peaceful protesters needed to be respected and police misconduct needed to be vigorously responded to, Trump added. But, he said, police needed more recognition for risking their lives.

“Our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader," Trump said. "How can we lead when we can't even control our own cities?”


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