Jesse Jackson: Trump Rhetoric Has Helped "Seed These Clouds" Of Violence

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SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: You have said that you think Donald Trump at least in part has contributed to a very divisive mood in this country. You called part of that an anti-black mood.

I want to play a little bit of what he said in response to the shootings and events of last few days and then get your reaction.

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TRUMP: A brutal attack on our police force is an attack on our country and an attack on our families. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected.

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BREAM: Reverend, what do you make of his remarks?

REV. JESSE JACKSON: Well, those significant remarks, but I submit to you that when you do the birther movement on the president, which is kind of anti-black, the anti-Mexican, the deportation of 15 million people, of families, the disruption, and anti-Muslim -- that kind of rhetoric has helped to seed these clouds.

I hope Mr. Trump will maintain the level of rhetoric that we just now heard.

BREAM: The president yesterday, by the way, speaking in Poland said he doesn't think that the country is deeply as divided as some people do. There are some on the right who say he could have done more as the first black president to further racial reconciliation.

Here is a bit of what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and possible Trump V.P. pick had to say.

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NEWT GINGRICH, R-FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER: We are in the eighth year of a president who could have brought us together. A president who could have worked in the African-American community to make people feel better about themselves. A president who could have offered visionary changes in the policies that have failed for the last 50 years and he didn't do any of that.

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BREAM: Reverend, has the president missed a golden opportunity on this issue?

JACKSON: Every time he has made the move even to have a reconciliation between Dr. Gates and the police in Boston, he has met great rejection. Now they're saying he should have done more.

The fact is in a city like Chicago, for example, unemployment in the black community is around 20 percent for adults, 35 percent for youth, they bail out the banks, public schools, there is a deep divide. We need a plan for reconstruction and redevelopment and I hope that -- police are the gatekeepers but behind that gate are these problems of disparities and injustice.

BREAM: And in mentioning those, the president has been the president for almost eight years now. These are happened under his administration, some of it is cumulative from previous administrations. But with him being in the White House seven and a half years where do you point the finger for knows problems that you blame, unemployment and other issues?

JACKSON: Well, I’m not sure the finger-pointing -- for example, when he first came into office -- there have been a net gain of jobs every month since he has been president. Twenty million have health insurance who did not have it before and millions more would have affordable healthcare if it were not being blocked, for example. It would have helped black and white alike. Fast rail was blocked by the Congress.

And so, I think we would do better if all of us were to see this as a humanity issue and not make it originally ideological. I think all of us can do more and at this stage must do more because these are military style weapons on the streets. This thing could get much uglier. There is fear, police in fear, people if are in fear, children are fear, but fear and hate must not drive our agenda, love and hope and healing must drive the agenda.

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