In a speech in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump said the unrest following the shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina sends a troubling message about the United States, as he urged authorities to bring violence in the streets to a “very rapid end.”
“Our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader,” the Republican nominee said.
“How can we lead if we can’t control our own cities?” Trump asked in a speech to an energy group in Pittsburgh.
“We need a national anti-crime agenda to make our cities safe again,” as Trump said the U.S. is a “wounded country.”
After suggesting on Wednesday that a female police officer had “choked” in the shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump today spoke out forcefully for law enforcement in the wake of the Charlotte unrest.
The violence against our citizens and our law enforcement must be brought to a very rapid end,” said Trump, adding that “it is tough being a police officer.”
“We honor and recognize the right of all Americans to peacefully assemble, protest and demonstrate; but there is no right to engage in violent disruption,” Trump said.
As for his race against Hillary Clinton, Trump predicted victory in November in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
“They tell me that a Republican can’t carry the state of Pennsylvania,” Trump told his audience.
“Wait until you see what happens here,” he said with a smile.