Although the field of hopefuls for the Republican Party presidential nomination is large, Donald Trump has emerged as the GOP‘s front-runner somehow. Trump made the television rounds on Sunday’s political talk shows, blasting the #BlackLivesMatter movement and saying that President Barack Obama has essentially failed Black people.
Trump was a guest on ABC News’ This Week with host Jonathan Karl and ran through his usual campaign spiel but what stood out is when Karl took Trump to task over his comments regarding President Obama. In a tweet last year, Trump said that Obama did such a poor job in the post that America won’t see another president for generations. Naturally, Trump tried to clean that statement up in his usual fashion.
From This Week:
KARL: I understand your critique. But why do you say that means we won’t see another black president for generations?
TRUMP: Because I think that he has set a very poor standard. I think that he has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African American people.
And by the way, he has done nothing for African Americans. You look at what’s gone on with their income levels. You look at what’s gone on with their youth. I thought that he would be a great cheerleader for this country. I thought he’d do a fabulous job for the African American citizens of this country.
He has done nothing. They are worse now than just about ever.
Trump continued with his pointed statements on NBC News’ Meet The Press, this time mishandling a question regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement and essentially supporting the very notion the campaign was sparked to address regarding police and their treatment of Black people.
From Meet The Press:
CHUCK TODD: Do you understand why African Americans don’t trust the police right now?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I can certainly see it when I see what’s going on. But at the same time, we have to give power back to the police because we have to have law and order. Hundreds of killings are in Baltimore. Hundreds of killings are in Chicago. And New York is not doing so great in terms of that front. And so many other cities.
We have to give strength and power back to the police. And you’re always going to have mistakes made. And you’re always going to have bad apples. But you can’t let that stop the fact that police have to regain some control of this tremendous crime wave and killing wave that’s happening in this country.
America, do you really want this guy to be calling the shots in the White House? Asking for a friend.
Watch Trump’s This Week interview below. Hit the jump for the Meet The Press interview.