Most white Americans "don't understand being black in America" and the discrimination African Americans face, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said Friday.
Gingrich, who is among a group of individuals presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is vetting as a possible running mate, made his remark during a Facebook town hall with Van Jones, a former aide in the Obama administration.
The event had been scheduled to focus on opioid use, but with the nation reacting to two highly publicized shootings of black men by police this week, followed by the killing of at least five Dallas police officers in a gun attack Thursday night, the two shifted to talk about race and ways to bring the nation together.
As Democrats meet in Orlando, Fla., on Friday and Saturday to finalize their platform, Bernie Sanders is trying once again to influence the party’s agenda before his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton next week.
“It’s by far the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever presented," the Vermont senator told CNN this week. "I want to see it more progressive."
Sanders wants the party to call for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, a ban on fracking and a tax on carbon emissions. He's also looking for seven days of guaranteed sick leave for workers and for the Department of Justice to investigate all police shootings.
“Now is definitely not the time to get political,” retired neurosurgeon and former GOP candidate Ben Carson said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “Now is the time to use logic and ask ourselves: Why do we have a Constitution?”
Obama’s response to the shooting threatens 2nd Amendment rights, Carson added.
Crises that arise during presidential campaigns often define the candidates.
Will this horrific week prove to be the crucible of the current campaign?
Violence has shuddered through America since Tuesday: First, two controversial shootings by police of African American men, captured on cameras and spread on social media; then the assassination of at least five Dallas police officers and the wounding of others by snipers after a peaceful march protesting the earlier deaths.
Donald Trump condemned the killing of five Dallas police officers as “an attack on our country” and said Friday that racial tensions in America were deteriorating.
“We must restore law and order,” the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement. “We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street. The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.”
The shooting of 12 officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest against police killings of African Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota came 10 days before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
When Bernie Sanders appeared this week before an audience of 100 or so Democratic House members, the closed-door reception in a basement hearing room on Capitol Hill was markedly cool.
Lawmakers shouted “Timeline! Timeline! — pressing him to hurry up and endorse the party’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton — and there were boos when the Vermont senator said his goal was “not to win elections” but “to transform America.”