Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rose to a new standard of telling it like it is — even for him — by calling the Democrat Party the “party of slavery” and of “Jim Crow.” He also linked it with the violence that forces inner-city residents to live in constant fear.
Speaking at a rally in Everett, Washington, last week, Trump said the Democrats have “used” minority voters“for decades and decades” without actually looking out for their interests.
Trump cited the GOP as the remedy not only currently but also historically:
“Remember — most people don’t know this — the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. It’s also the party of freedom, equality and opportunity.”
Trump said he believed that every child in America, including those in the inner cities, deserved “to live in safety and in peace” and that the Democrats had conspicuously failed to uphold “freedom from violence … one of the greatest civil rights of our time.”
Quoting at length an article from The Wall Street Journal praising his approach to urban problems — headlined “Black Lives Matter to Donald Trump” — Trump referred to “the responsibility of Democratic politicians for creating” the “horrible problem” of violence that is “soaring like you’ve never seen before.”
“I will not accept, and neither will you, a future with children — think of this — children of color, any color, are not fully included in the American dream. Our whole country loses when we leave millions of talented, aspiring Americans on the sideline, which is happening all of the time,” Trump said.
He promised to “fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country” and restore national unity.
“Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party, and we’re gonna do a job,” Trump said.
Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton has tried to link Trump with the Ku Klux Klan but has gotten a history lesson regarding which party really deserves mention alongside the Klan.
Trump’s speech in Everett on Tuesday reiterated the idea that minority voters should turn to the GOP for true inclusiveness and a voice in solving the problems that affect them.