Finally, a public figure who gets it. Do you agree with Trump?
Donald Trump issued an unusually measured statement Friday morning in the aftermath of the overnight bloodbath in Dallas, Texas, saying America needs ‘strong leadership, love and compassion’ to ‘pull through these tragedies.’
The Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee condemned the murderers of five Texas law enforcement officers for their ‘coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.’
‘We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street,’ he said.
And Trump lamented that America’s ‘racial tensions have gotten worse, not better’ in recent years.
But his statement resisted the temptation to frame Thursday night’s massacre as a rationale for more law-abiding Americans to arm themselves.
And it included no direct attacks on President Barack Obama or his Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton.
Following the jihadi attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida less than four weeks ago, Trump laced into both of them – calling on Obama to resign and blasting Clinton for her reluctance to publicly condemn ‘Radical Islam.’
And in the days that followed he complained that more Second-Amendment-friendly gun laws might have allowed some of the 49 victims to arm themselves, changing the scenario from a massacre to a two-sided gunfight.
On Friday, however, Trump instead focused on ‘restor[ing] the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.’
Trump also lamented ‘the senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota’ – black men killed by white police officers, the shootings that captured the nation’s attention and precipitated the apparently retaliatory Dallas killings.
Those earlier deaths, Trump said, show ‘how much more needs to be done.’
Neither ‘motorist’ was actually behind the wheel when he was killed. One wasn’t in a car at all.