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Trump Makes 'Law and Order' Pitch to Black, Latino Voters in 'Blexit' White House Speech

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/11/2020 Benjamin Fearnow
a group of people standing in front of a building: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks from the White House balcony to a group of supporters on the South Lawn on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. The President is making his first in-person appearance after being cleared by his doctors following his diagnosis of COVID-19 on October 2. © TASOS KATOPODIS / Staff/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks from the White House balcony to a group of supporters on the South Lawn on October 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. The President is making his first in-person appearance after being cleared by his doctors following his diagnosis of COVID-19 on October 2.

President Donald Trump gave a "peaceful protest" campaign speech Saturday from the White House as he continues his coronavirus recovery, telling Black and Latino supporters "you have to have police support you."

Trump ridiculed former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrats during the "Blexit" campaign rally organized by Candace Owens and former Arizona police officer Brandon Tatum. The Blexit group touts itself as a movement encouraging minorities to leave the Democratic Party.

His repeated calls for "law and order" were paired with searing criticisms that Biden has "betrayed" Black and Hispanic Americans during his decades in office. Chants of "USA" echoed across the White House lawn as Trump said minority communities are rejecting "radical socialism" and a "nationwide crusade against" police officers that he claimed was being led by Biden.

Trump said his "pro-police" campaign is necessary in order for Blacks and Latinos in cities across the U.S. to feel safe under urban Democratic leaders.

"Sleepy Joe Biden, he's betrayed Black and Latino Americans, if you think he can run this country you're wrong. For half a century. We've got to vote these people into oblivion, got to get rid of them, so bad for our country," Trump said. "Black and Latino Americans are rejecting the radical socialist left and embracing our pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-police—we have to have law and order—and pro-American agenda. I want to thank the Blexit Foundation for organizing this event."

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"In order to protect the lives of Black Americans and all Americans, you have to have your police support you," Trump continued. "If the left gains power they will launch a nationwide crusade against law enforcement, which they're already doing."


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Trump claimed manufacturing and other jobs in states including Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Texas will disappear from minority communities if Biden is elected president. He said that Democrats have run every major city for "100 years."

The president's official Saturday schedule described the rally as a "peaceful protest for law and order" amid his continued self-isolation after being infected with COVID-19 and spending several days in Walter Reed hospital last week.

"First off I'm feeling great, how is everybody doing? Thank you so much for all of your prayers," Trump said to the hundreds of supporters in attendance. He repeatedly thanked the co-founders of the Blexit Foundation, whose name is taken from the conservative British movement to withdraw from the European Union.

"We cannot allow our country to become a socialist nation. That's what will happen—or worse," Trump said, adding that "we will have law enforcement watching" for fraud on Election Day.

He also said coronavirus cases are "going to disappear" after some "flare-ups" in the very near future. He highlighted that the southern border wall with Mexico is now "380 miles long" and "will soon be finished."

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