NBC moderator Lester Holt asked the two candidates Monday night for guidance on what they would do to address the issues of race that have dominated the national discourse over a summer of violence.
Both candidates said the country must rebuild trust between police and the communities they serve with little explanation of how that would happen. They differed, greatly, however, on other ideas.
Clinton, for example, said, “the gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young African-American men, more than the next nine causes together. We have to tackle the plague of gun violence, which is a big contributor to the problems we’re seeing today.”
Trump repeated a mantra, one his said Clinton refuses to mention: “Law and order.”
“We need law and order in our country,” he said. “I just got today the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. We have endorsements from, I think, almost every police group.
“We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African-Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous.”
Trump also reiterated his call to legalize and expand the “stop and frisk” program that had been in use in New York but that was blocked by the courts.
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