President Donald Trump says he doesn't believe there's a problem with systemic racism in policing as he wraps up a tour in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He toured damage there that occured after the police shooting of Jacob Black, who is Black. (Sept. 1)
DONALD TRUMP: I don't believe that. I don't believe that. I think the police do an incredible job. And I think you do have some bad apples. I think you agree. Every once in a while, you'll see something. And you do have the other situation, too. They're under this tremendous pressure, and they don't handle it well. They call it choking, and it happens.
No, but I don't believe that at all. I think there-- I've met so many police. I have the endorsement of so many, maybe everybody.
- Do you believe systemic racism is a problem in this country?
DONALD TRUMP: Well, you just keep getting back to the opposite subject. We should talk about the kind of violence that we've seen in Portland and here and other places. It's tremendous violence. You always get to the other side-- well. What do you think about this or that? The fact is that we've seen tremendous violence, and we will put it out very, very quickly if given the chance. And that's what this is all about.
Yeah, I keep hearing about peaceful protests. I hear it about everything. And then I come into an area like this, and I see, the town is burned down. I mean, you look at Minneapolis. They should have acted much quicker. When we got the National Guard in there, it took literally half an hour. You saw the scene. They formed, they walked, it was over, and they haven't had a problem of any consequence since.
The police weren't allowed to do the job that they could do. They're a very good police department, but they weren't allowed. Now they want to break it up. They want to end it. They don't want to have a police department. They want to not only defund, they want to get rid of it. It's ridiculous.
So I just say this, that the kind of violence that I-- so you may have protesters, but you have some really bad people, too. You have anarchists, and you have the looters, and you have the rioters. You have all types. You have agitators. And that's what you should be focusing on with your question.
Well, I think people are calling for structural change. And then you could take the people of Kenosha that aren't here and that you won't see and that aren't protesting. But they want change, also. They want to see law and order. That's the change they want. They want law and order. They want the police to be police. They want the police to do what they do better than anybody else in the world. And that's what they want, too.
You don't see them marching, and you don't see them on the streets. But what they want is, they want a great police force. They want people that are going to keep them safe, where their houses aren't broken into, where they're not raped and murdered. That's what they want.