Trump on crime in Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore: ‘It is like living in Hell’

President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail in Wisconsin, Thursday. While there, he attended a town hall hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

When the topic of gun violence came up, Trump was quick to call out some of the more violent cities in the U.S. “Chicago is an example,” said Trump. “It's worse than Afghanistan.”

Trump pointed out that some of the larger Black urban communities, like Chicago, Detroit, and Baltimore are especially bad. Trump said, “These cities... it is like living in Hell.” He also claimed that Black people often thank him for making observations like these.

While Trump did not provide a plan for curbing the violence, he did suggest a very controversial policing tactic. “I know it's very controversial to say, stop and frisk,” said Trump. “Stop and frisk - you take guns away.”

Trump praised the “stop and frisk” practice, which was implemented by New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “It was a great thing he did for New York,” claimed Trump.

Despite current protests calling for a reduction in policing, both Hannity and Trump think the practice could promote law and order. “We can stop [violence] quickly,” said Trump. “And at some point, in the not-too-distant future, I'm going to do it.”

Video Transcript

SEAN HANNITY: I don't know how people can pursue their happiness and dreams in life if they don't have basic fundamental security.

DONALD TRUMP: You can't. You can't. Look, Chicago is an example. It's, like, worse than Afghanistan. It's worse than-- I shouldn't say, because they're working with us-- Honduras.

KYLIE MAR: President Trump was in Wisconsin Thursday, where he attended a town hall hosted by Sean Hannity. And when the topic of gun violence came up, Trump claimed cities like Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago are worse than some of the most violent countries in the world.

DONALD TRUMP: They say, oh, is that a racist statement? It's not a racist-- frankly, Black people come up to me, say thank you, thank you, sir, for saying it. They want help. These cities, it's like living in hell.

KYLIE MAR: While Trump did not provide a plan for curbing the violence, he did suggest a very controversial policing tactic.

DONALD TRUMP: I know it's very controversial to say-- stop and frisk, OK? Stop and frisk. You take guns away. Rudy Giuliani was a great mayor. He did it in New York.

KYLIE MAR: Human rights groups have been vehemently opposed to the controversial policing practice, which Trump's longtime friend Rudy Giuliani implemented when he was the mayor of New York. And despite recent protests calling for a reduction in policing, both Hannity and Trump think the practice could promote law and order.

SEAN HANNITY: What they did is, they went into the areas that had the highest incidents of crime--

DONALD TRUMP: That's right.

SEAN HANNITY: --and saved a lot of lives. So we're Americans, I think we can do anything. I'm that optimistic. We could stop the violence, right?

DONALD TRUMP: We could stop it quickly. And at some point in the not-too-distant future, I'm going to do it.

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