During a town hall event at black church in Cleveland, Donald Trump fielded a question from an audience member asked the republican nominee what he would do to stop “violence in the black communnity.”
His answer, in part? Stop-and-frisk.
“I would do stop-and-frisk,” Trump said. “I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well.”
Trump will propose nationwide stop-and-frisk to address violence in black community 2nite on Hannity: pic.twitter.com/HDSPYtepqb
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) September 21, 2016
Trump’s remarks — transcribed above by NBC’s Alexandra Jaffe — were made at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland as part of a town hall to air on tonight’s episode of Hannity. The Hill reports that Fox News is billing tonight’s special as one which will “discuss the core issues and concerns surrounding African-Americans this 2016 election cycle.”
Today’s comments are not the first time that the republican nominee has come out in favor of stop-and-frisk. Jaffe unearthed a 2013 tweet from the republican nominee on the subject.
Stop and frisk works. Instead of criticizing @NY_POLICE Chief Ray Kelly, New Yorkers should be thanking him for keeping NY safe.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2013
UPDATE –– 10:01 pm ET: The Trump campaign has issued this statement tonight:
“Concerned about the ongoing, tragic violence in Chicago, Mr. Trump, along with many other Americans, believes that ‘stop and frisk,’ used successfully in New York City during the administration of Mayor Giuliani, saved lives and reduced crime. Mr. Trump believes that a locally tailored version of ‘stop and frisk’ should be used in Chicago to help reduce the city’s skyrocketing violence and make our Chicago safe again.”
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