President Trump, in a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity on Thursday, decried high crime rates in inner-city areas of Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Oakland, California – comparing them to Afghanistan and Honduras, and saying, “it’s like living in hell.”
“Everyone gets upset when I say it—they say ‘Oh, that’s a racist statement,'” Trump said. “It’s not racist. Frankly, Black people come up to me and say ‘Thank you sir for saying it.’ They want help. These cities, it’s like living in Hell.”
Trump has previously come under fire for referring to impoverished areas occupied by Black people as “rat-infested” and “shit-hole countries.”
During the Hannity interview, Trump said that it shouldn’t be racist but should be considered a call for support for his “law and order” approach to solving problems of inner cities as protesters take to cities, and in some extreme cases, set fires and topple statues.
“If we are going to become a more perfect union, if we really want to pursue happiness, we first have to have law and order,” Trump said.
Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore and Chicago, “it’s like living in hell.” pic.twitter.com/4LDbEijykV
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