Donald Trump thinks a nationwide stop-and-frisk policy is just what is needed to stop black crime. And appeal to African American voters, apparently.
Trump’s exact quote on the subject is jaw-dropping. When asked during his outreach to African Americans at a black church on Wednesday how he’d address black-on-black crime, Trump said the following, according to NBC News reporter Alexandra Jaffe:
“Right, well, one of the things I’d do, Ricardo, is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically, you understand, you have to, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked.”
Help people change their mind by stopping and frisking them? Obviously, Donald Trump knows nothing about what it feels like to be stopped and frisked or what it would take to change a mind away from crime or violence. As The Atlantic pointed out,
“[T]he best studies suggest that stop-and-frisk does not effectively reduce crime where it is used.”
Trump doesn’t seem to know much about what is currently being done to stop crime in the inner cities, either. Because, as The Atlantic also noted, stop-and-frisk is already in use in Chicago and elsewhere.
And then there’s the United States Constitution, that document that Donald Trump probably still has not read, even though Gold Star father Khizr Khan offered to lend his own copy. In 2013, New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, the one Trump thought so “incredible,” was ruled unconstitutional.
I doubt Trump did much to change his 0% favorability with African Americans with this policy prescription, either.
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