POLICE/PROTESTS/RACISM: [Laura Galvas, audience member: “In light of ongoing protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the recent shooting of Jacob — Jacob Blake, do you feel racial injustices are occurring in this nation? And if so, what can be done to address them?”]
“Well, I think they were tragic events, and I do feel that we have to also take into consideration that, if you look at our police, they do a phenomenal job. You’ll have people choke, make mistakes, and they happen… it happens, where they have to make a fast decision and some bad things happen.
And you also have bad apples. But you have 99 percent great people. I know the police forces very well. I think almost everyone of them, if you look, I’ve been endorsed by so many of them. And these are great people.
And I will say this, if you’re going to stop crime, we have to give the…the respect back to the police that they deserve. They’ve done a fantastic job in so many locations, but then bad things happen.”
-Donald Trump, “Trump’s ABC News town hall: Full transcript,” abcnews.go.com, Sep. 15, 2020