At a rally Tuesday night in Everett, Washington, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump referenced the Democratic Party's role in the history of slavery and racial oppression and said he was proud to represent "Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party."
"Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party," Trump said.
About the Democrats, he said: "It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the party of oppression."
"Our party will fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country. Once again, we will be One American Nation," he also said.
Transcript, via the Trump campaign:
DONALD TRUMP: I will not accept, and neither will you, a future in which children of color --any color-- in this country are not fully included in the American Dream.
Our whole country loses when we leave millions of talented, aspiring Americans on the sidelines. We want to give everyone a chance to contribute their full talents to our economy and our country.
Remember, and many people don't know this: the Republican Party is the Party of Abraham Lincoln, not bad! It is also the party of freedom, equality and opportunity.
It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the and party of [oppression].
By the way: Is there any place better to be than a Trump rally?
Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party.
Our party will fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country.
Once again, we will be One American Nation.
One United People.
And we will have One Really Great Future again.
Trump also said that he believes, "every child in this country – in Detroit, in Baltimore, in Chicago – has the right to live out their lives in safety and peace."
TRUMP: In the Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute just wrote an important article about the soaring crime in our inner cities, and the responsibility of Democratic politicians for creating this problem.
McDonald writes that “Mr. Trump’s call to restore law and order recognizes the right of inner-city residents to enjoy the same freedom from fear that the rest of America now takes for granted.”
Freedom from violence is one of the great civil rights issues of our time. So too is the issue of school choice.
We will fight for the right of parents to send their kids to the school that they believe gives their kids the best shot at success.