Trump References Baltimore Homicides in RNC Speech
July 22, 2016
Businessman Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday with an address intended to galvanize a divided party and set the tone for a general election that is shaping up to be the most polarizing in a generation.
Capping a week in which Trump’s message was waylaid by allegations that his wife’s speech was plagiarized and by the refusal of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to offer his endorsement, Trump sought to rally Republicans around the idea that his vision for the nation would lead to a more prosperous and secure future than that of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now — poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad — will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them in the first place,” Trump said. “My message is that things have to change — and they have to change right now.”
In a speech unexpectedly heavy on a law-and-order issues, Trump discussed a spike in homicides in Baltimore and other cities, as well as the recent violence against police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Though violent crime has fallen nationally and homicides are down 7 percent this year in Baltimore, Trump cited a 60 percent rise in killings in the city — the increase from 2014 to 2015.