Donald Trump made an appeal to inner-city African-American citizens in a major address on 'law and order' near Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday -- a city that was the site of anti-police riots over the past weekend.
"The war on police is a war on all peaceful citizens who want to be able to work and send their kids to school in safety," he said. "Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter or the robber or the looter or the violent disruptor, of which there are many. Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely walk the streets and walk to school. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus, or the young child walking home from school. For everyone violent protester, there are a hundred moms and dads and kids on the same city block who just want to be able to sleep safely at night. They want safety."
"My opponent, Hillary, would rather protect the offender than the victim," he said. "That is a big problem in our society."
He continued: "Hillary Clinton-backed policies are responsible for the problems in the inner cities today and a vote for her is a vote for another generation of poverty, high crime, and lost opportunities. I care too much about my country to let this happen."
At this, the crowd broke into a chant of: "USA! USA! USA!"
"I'll make sure we deliver safe neighborhoods here in Milwaukee," he promised. "And Milwaukee has so many problems. The world is watching, right here in Milwaukee, but also across the country -- so many problems across the country."
"It is easy for Hillary Clinton to turn a blind eye to crime when she has her own private security force --that by the way, carry guns --Second Amendment," he noted.
"I believe all Americans, not just the powerful, are entitled to security. Hillary Clinton has had her chance and she has failed at so many things. Almost everything she's done. Now it is time for new leadership. The Hillary Clinton agenda hurts poor people, by far, the most."
"There is no compassion in allowing drug dealers, gang members, and felons to prey on innocent people," he continued. "It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and when I'm president, I will fight for the safety of all Americans, especially those Americans who have not known safety for a very, very long time."
"I'm asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today, who wants a different and much better future. It's time for our society to address some honest and very, very difficult truths. The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community. Democratic crime policies, education policies and economic policies have produced only more broken homes and more poverty."
"Let us look at the situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade. This year, killings in this city increased by 69%. Plus another 634 victims of non-fatal shootings. 18 to 29 year-olds accounted for nearly half of the homicide victims. The poverty rate here is nearly double the national average, almost four in ten African American men in Mlwaukee between the ages of 25 and 54 do not have any job."
"To every voter in Milwaukee, to every voter living in the inner city, to every forgotten stretch of our society: I'm running to offer you a much better future. A much better job. And a much higher wage."
"The Democratic party has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted. They've just assumed they'll get your support, and done nothing in return for it. They've taken advantage of the African-American citizens. It is time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes, and it is time to rebuild the inner cities of America, and to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system. And that is what it is -- a rigged system. I'm not part of the corrupt system."
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