A day after three police officers were murdered in Baton Rouge, La., presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton denounced that and the recent attacks on police officers in Dallas, Texas, urging Americans, “Don’t let hate infect your heart.”
“This madness has to stop. My heart broke for all of us,” said Clinton before a meeting of African-American leaders at the NAACP’s annual convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Between the assaults on police officers and two recent closely-watched deaths of African-American men at the hands of police, Clinton has sought to balance the concerns of multiple constituencies at once.
“Killing police officers is a terrible crime, that’s why our laws treat this so seriously, because they represent the rule of law itself,” said Clinton, who promised that, if elected, she would “bring the full weight of the law to bear” on those who attack the police.
While condemning the murders of police officers, Clinton also said Americans need to confront the country’s history of racial bias.
“We white Americans need to do a better job of listening when you talk about the seen and unseen barriers,” said Clinton.
250 miles away from Clinton’s speech, Republicans were kicking off their convention in Cleveland with an opening night theme of “Make America Safe Again.”
Clinton once again accused presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump of not being up to the job of president. She said, “We need a president who can pull us together, not pull us apart. The Republican nominee for president will do the exact opposite.”
Trump declined an opportunity to speak at the NAACP convention, a break with tradition from most recent election years when the nominees of both parties have spoken before the civil rights group’s gathering.