By Frederick H. Lowe
Donald Trump, who took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty of New York’s Central Park Five, following a 1989 rape conviction of which they were later acquitted, on Thursday night accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for President, declaring several times he will be the “Law and Order” candidate.
“Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace,” Trump told a national television audience and those seated in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the convention was held.”We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be country of law and order. Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not gasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
Between chants of “U.S.A.” from the Quicken Loans’ arena audience, Trump listed the number of police officers killed in the line of duty, but he failed to mention the numbers of people killed by police. So far this year, police have murdered 643 civilians, according to the website “Killed by Police.” Those killed include the recent police murders of Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Both killings were captured on video.
Trump, however, did touch on issues that will interest black male voters. They include trade agreements and immigration pushed by President Bill Clinton and supported by Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the President, which have cost black workers thousands and thousands of jobs.
Immigration has cut wages and eliminated jobs for black workers, Trump said. The North American Free Trade Agreement and China joining the Word Trade Organization has eliminated jobs in the U.S., he and others have said.