Trump: Castile and Sterling Shootings ‘Terrible, Disgusting,’ ‘Could Be’ That Police Treat African-Americans Differently

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stated that it’s “not necessarily wrong” to argue that the justice system treats African-Americans differently, it “could be” that police act differently around African-Americans, and characterized the shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling as “a terrible, disgusting performance that I saw.”

After stating that claims that the justice system treats African-Americans differently were “not necessarily wrong.” Trump characterized the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as “a terrible, disgusting performance that I saw. Now, whether that’s training, whether that’s — they choked, or they got scared, or nervous. I mean, the one man who was being stepped on and then shot, in particular, I looked at that, I said, wow, that’s bad. That’s bad. The other one in the car, really bad, but I guess they could say he was going for his license or identification and maybe thought it was a gun, so. But it was bad. Both of them were very, very sad. So, maybe that’s lack of training. Maybe it’s people. I don’t know. It’s such a sad thing to see those two sights.”

When asked if they were, “symptomatic, in your opinion of a larger problem with American police? That they fear blacks, or that they act differently around African-Americans?” Trump responded, “Look, it could be.”

Trump also said that more training of police is necessary.

He added, “I think the police, 99.9%…do an incredible job in this country, and you know, the problem with two instances like this, which I think were terrible, but they get broadcast on television. And show all of the good work that the police does.”

Trump later said that he believes Black Lives Matter is a “divisive” term and group.

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