Trump declares himself the ‘law and order’ candidate
We know what “law and order” means. It had it’s origins as a political statement during the civil rights era and was often used to signal that police brutality would be acceptable to keep blacks in their place. This won’t be lost on those to whom Trump wants to appeal.
Trump’s remarks in Virginia Beach, Virginia, showed how much the Dallas violence has shaken up the political conversation with both Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton devoting time to the topic.
“We must maintain law and order at the highest level, or we will cease to have a country — 100 percent,” Trump said. “I am the law-and-order candidate.”
Trump’s remarks about safety and security were added to a speech devoted to reforming the troubled Veterans Administration. He also presented himself as a compassionate candidate and mentioned the two episodes that preceded the Dallas shootings: the killing of two African-American men by police, one in Minnesota and the other in Louisiana.
“But you can’t have true compassion without providing safety to the citizens of our country,” Trump said. “Every kid in American should be able to securely walk the streets of their own neighborhood without harm.
“We will be tough, we will be smart, we will be fair and we will protect all Americans. Without safety we have nothing,” he said.