Trump: War Zones Are Safer Than US Inner Cities
Democrats have completely failed, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2016 5:11 AM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – "Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities," Donald Trump said at a rally in Ohio Monday night, urging minority voters to give him a chance to change things. Murder rates are up "all over the place," he told the Akron crowd, saying "war zones in countries that we're fighting" are safer than Democrat-run inner cities. "It is a disaster the way African-Americans are living in many cases and in many cases the way Hispanics are living,” he said, per the Hill. "And I say it with such a deep-felt feeling, what do you have to lose? I'll straighten it out," he said. "I'll get rid of the crime, so you'll be able to walk down the street without getting shot." In other coverage:

  • At the same rally, Trump called for a special prosecutor to investigate "Hillary Clinton's crimes," Politico reports. The Justice Department can't be trusted to investigate suspicious Clinton Foundation donations "because it has proven itself to be a political arm of the White House," he said.

  • Trump explained his stance on deportations to Fox's Bill O'Reilly Monday night, the Washington Post reports. He said undocumented immigrants will be split into "bad ones" that will be "out of here so fast, your head will spin," and the rest will be dealt with by the same process that the Obama administration is using now—though "perhaps with a lot more energy."
  • A lawyer for Melania Trump, meanwhile, has told news outlets, including the Daily Mail, that they can expect legal action over "false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an 'escort' in the 1990s," reports the New York Times. "Outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency," warns Charles J. Harder, the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in the lawsuit that brought down Gawker.
  • After the Akron rally, the Clinton campaign issued a statement slamming Trump for dividing the country with "insults, fear, and stereotypes," the Los Angeles Times reports. The statement described Trump as "a man who questions the citizenship of the first African-American president, has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, and has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color."