Donald Trump has been desperately courting black voters in the ninth hour of his campaign, even going so far as to say he will get 95 percent of the black vote over Hillary Clinton. But he’s also been courting crotchety old white voters with promises to be the “law and order” president. So how does he reconcile the two given the enormous tensions of the black community’s grievances with police and systemic racism and appeasing a population that sees nothing wrong with unarmed black men being gunned down in the streets for low-level crimes?
Trump thinks he’s got the answer: A nationwide stop-and-frisk program. Genius!
Stop and frisk was a program implemented by the NYPD, in which police stopped and searched people without any probable cause which turned out to be a civil liberties nightmare that mainly unfairly targeted minorities. The program was eventually ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
But in a transcript of Trump’s pre-taped Town Hall with Sean Hannity set to air Wednesday that was obtained by NBC reporter Alexandra Jaffe, the Republican presidential nominee isn’t getting bogged down with the silly details of civil rights and whether or not something is constitutional. Because according to Jaffe, Trump was asked by an audience member about black-on-black crime:
The Donald also tweeted this in 2013:
Stop and frisk works. Instead of criticizing @NY_POLICE Chief Ray Kelly, New Yorkers should be thanking him for keeping NY safe.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2013
There’s just the slight detail that stop-and-frisk didn’t work so well — years after the program ended crime and homicide rates barely fluctuated. But the program worked out very badly for minorities — specifically black and latino men who were targeted almost exclusively.
For example, Raw Story points out an instance in 2012 the NYPD was recorded stopping and threatening to arrest a man for being a “fucking mutt.” In 2013, two NYPD officers testified in court that their supervisors implemented a strict quota which ordered officers to stop black males between the ages of 14 and 21. In fact,
In fact, black males accounted for 25 percent of the NYPD’s stops but only make up 1.9 percent of the NYC population. Latino men accounted for 16 percent of the stops but are only 2.8 percent of the population, while white males were stopped just 3.8 percent of the time even though they make up about 2 percent of the population in the city. So it’s obvious minorities are targeted disproportionately by stop-and-frisk programs.
So, Trump will say systemic racism in policing is a big problem in front of the black community, and he’ll ask them what they have to lose by voting for him. Then he’ll go on Hannity and propose taking away minority’s civil liberties and tout the success of a proven racist policing tactic. It’s beyond comprehension.
The town hall will air Wednesday night on Fox News.
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