Trump: Cop Who Arrested Bland ‘Terrible,’ Blacks ‘Might’ Be Treated Worse By Cops

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that the officer who arrested Sandra Bland was “overly aggressive” and “terrible” and that African-Americans “might” be the victim of over-aggressive cops more than white people in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN.

Trump was asked, in the context of Bland’s arrest and death, “To African-Americans in this country, and there’s a lot of people believe that they are treated differently by police, do you believe that there’s a problem with that?”

He answered, “I hope not. But I will fell you, I saw that clip, on your show, by the way. I thought it was terrible. I thought he was so aggressive. I — it was a traffic signal as I understand it. And who gets out of a car for a traffic signal? I haven’t been pulled over in a while actually. But, seriously, who — he just looked very aggressive. I didn’t like his demeanor. I thought it was terrible, to be honest with you. And I’m a huge fan of the police. I think the police have to be given back power. But this guy was overly aggressive, terrible aggressive.”

Cooper followed up, “Do you think that happens to African-Americans more than it does to you or I?”

Trump responded, “I hope it doesn’t, but it might. And, you know, I have a great relationship with African-Americans, as you possibly have heard. I just have great respect for them. And they like me. I like them. The answer is, it possibly does, it shouldn’t. And it’s very sad, if the case is. I will say though, in this case, I watched that so closely. I watched it a few times. He was terrible.”

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