A Day After Divisive Arizona Speech, Trump Calls to ‘Heal the Wounds That Divide Us’


Less than 24 hours after threatening to shut down the government, attacking leaders in his own party, making an ominous warning to CEOs that left his business council, slamming President Barrack Obama for his handling of race relations, and claiming the media is responsible for a growth of racism, President Donald Trump pivoted to a call for unity.

“It is time to heal the wounds that divide us and to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us. We are one people with one home and one great flag,” said Trump to an audience of veterans in Reno, Nevada at the American Legion conference.

Additionally, after being widely criticized during the past week for his comments on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump stated, “[Americans] are not defined by the color of our skin.”

“We are defined by our shared humanity, by our citizenship in this magnificent nation, and by the love that fills our hearts,” he added.

While advocating to better help them, the president also touted veterans as role models for American unity, morality, and pride for the rest of the country to follow.

“If American patriots could secure our independence, carve out a home in the wilderness, and free millions from oppression around the world, that same sense of patriotism, courage, and love can help us create a better future for our people today.”

Trump used this speaking event to sign into law the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act — an initiative designed to assist veterans making disability claims via the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the White House, 470,000 veterans are waiting on the VA regarding their appeal claims.

But yesterday’s campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona set a different tone, as the president warned he will shut down the government if the border wall is not funded, referenced the CEOs who left his business council by saying, “I remember the ones that did,” disparaged Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake in their home state, and took his never-ending attacks on the media to a new level by asserting that the industry is responsible for the rise of racism in America. Violence broke out between protesters, rally-goers, and police in Phoenix following the president’s speech.

Watch above, via CNN.

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