Trump praises 'stop and frisk' as a 'great thing' for promoting law and order

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail Thursday in Wisconsin for a town hall hosted by Sean Hannity, which aired on Fox News’ Hannity.

When the topic of gun violence came up, Trump was quick to call out some of the more violent cities in the U.S. “Chicago is an example,” said Trump. “It's worse than Afghanistan.”

Trump suggested that some of the larger Black urban communities in cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Baltimore are especially bad. Trump said, “These cities... it is like living in Hell.” Trump admitted that people question whether or not statements like that are racist, saying, "Everyone gets upset when I say it. They say, 'Oh, is that a racist statement?' It's not a racist — frankly, Black people come up to me and say, 'Thank you. Thank you, sir, for saying it.'"

While Trump did not provide a plan for curbing the violence, he did suggest a very controversial policing tactic. “I know it's very controversial to say, stop and frisk,” said Trump. “Stop and frisk — you take guns away.”

Trump praised the “stop and frisk” practice, which was implemented by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “It was a great thing he did for New York,” claimed Trump.

Despite current protests calling for a reduction in policing, both Hannity and Trump think the practice could promote law and order. “We can stop [violence] quickly,” said Trump. “And at some point, in the not-too-distant future, I'm going to do it.”

Hannity airs weeknights at 9 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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