Donald Trump aims to undo the racial division turning the nation against itself, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin suggested to CNN on Sunday.
Countering State of the Union’s Jake Tapper, who claimed many skeptical Americans were doubtful of Trump’s desire to heal the nation’s racial divide, Gov. Fallin said Trump’s message has been one of unity, not division.
TAPPER: Obviously you are supporting Donald Trump, I think there are probably some skeptical Americans hearing that message from Mr. Trump about healing the racial divides.
Specifically I have heard from a number of Latino-Americans, Muslim- Americans, Native-Americans, Jewish-Americans, African-Americans, all expressing concerns about some of the things Donald Trump has said. Talk to them. How do you think he will be able to be a racial healer?
FALLIN: Well, I think the whole nation needs to work together and certainly as anyone who’s a nominee, whether it’s Donald Trump, whether it’s Secretary Clinton, we all need to work towards unity as a nation, and understand that people are scared. They want safe homes. They want safe streets. They want safe communities. They don’t want to be profiled. They don’t want to be discriminated against. Everyone wants to be treated equal with equal justice for all.
TAPPER: Respectfully, governor, you didn’t answer my question. Do you think Donald Trump has campaigned as a racial healer?
FALLIN: I think he is trying to campaign as a racial healer. I think that has been part of his message, if you watch what he said this week, he talked about how devastating this was for Dallas, how we need to respect our law enforcement, how we need to pray for those who are killed and those who are injured.
I think that is his intent, I trust him with his words and I think we all need to move towards being the compassionate, loving, healing, but yet also respecting our law enforcement.
Previously Trump has delivered a message of inclusivity, saying, “All Lives Matter,” at campaign rallies in Virginia and Alabama, signaling support for all Americans regardless of race or color.
While Trump has encouraged unity, statements from opponent Hillary Clinton, including references to young Black people as “super-predators” and asserting “We need to bring them to heel,” in addition to her husband’s support for mandatory minimum sentencing, have irreparably harmed the nation more than Trump ever could.