Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party pick for president, responded to the recent Baton Rouge shooting death of three police officers with a series of tweets that characterized America as little more than a “crime scene,” divided in large part by President Obama’s inflammatory rhetoric and failures of leadership.
Trump’s comments came shortly after Obama addressed the nation from the White House about the deaths of three police officers in Baton Rouge, and injuring of three others.
Obama said, in part: “We have divisions and they are not new. It is so important that everyone, regardless of race or political party or profession, regardless of what organizations you are a part of, everyone, right now, focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further.”
Trump blasted Obama as clueless.
“Our country is totally divided and our enemies are watching,” Trump tweeted. “We are not looking good, we are not looking smart, we are not looking tough!”
And in another, he wrote: “President Obama just had a news conference, but he doesn’t have a clue. Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse!”
A few hours before that, Trump had notified his Twitter followers of a joint appearance he was due to make on “60 Minutes” on CBS with his vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Then, he referred to his promise of returning law and order to the country, if elected president.
Trump tweeted: “I will be on @60Minutes tonight at 7:00 P.M. with Mike Pence talking about LAW AND ORDER and many other subjects! Bad times for divided USA!”
He also wrote in a separate message: “We are TRYING to fight ISIS, and now our own people are killing our police. Our country is divided and out of control. The world is watching.”