The minority outreach charade is officially over for Donald Trump.
Just as the nation is grappling with yet another devastating killing of an unarmed African-American man, the Republican nominee praised racist stop-and-frisk policing during a town hall at a black church in Cleveland.
The church, if you were wondering, was filled mostly with white people during Trump’s visit.
When asked how he would reduce crime in black communities, Trump suggested he would implement stop-and-frisk on a national level.
“One of the things I’d do is I would do stop-and-frisk,” Trump said at the town hall set to air on Fox News Wednesday night. “I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”
New York City has since stopped enforcing the policy amid years of intense backlash and successful lawsuits challenging it.
As Slate noted in 2013:
Blacks and Latinos have consistently accounted for around 85 percent of stop-and-frisk selectees; according to 2010 census data, blacks and Latinos make up 52.6 percent of New York City’s total population. “Even in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, black, and Latino New Yorkers face the disproportionate brunt,” reports the New York Civil Liberties Union. “For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops.”
Opponents of Trump and the controversial police tactic were quick to slam the GOP nominee’s plan.
According to the New York Times, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that Trump’s proposal would “alienate the very people who we need to be partners in the fight against crime.” He added that Trump “does not understand how policing works.”
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, also took on Trump, according to the Times, saying: “The idea of creating a national stop-and-frisk policy is the equivalent of advancing martial law and is beyond the constitutional power of the presidency.”
At the end of the day, there is one candidate for president who acknowledges the reality of systemic racism in America’s criminal justice system – Hillary Clinton. She has also laid out a comprehensive criminal justice reform plan, which you can read here.
Donald Trump, who calls himself the “law and order candidate,” has defended racial profiling in the wake of recent terror attacks and, now, is proposing to implement it on a national scale.
The choice couldn’t be clearer.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.