WASHINGTON (UPI) — The sniper attack on Dallas-area police during a Black Lives Matter protest that killed five officers prompted both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to cancel campaign rallies on Friday.
Both put out statements offering condolences to the families of the officers killed.
Trump said the recent shooting deaths of two black men by police and the sniper attack on police officers in Dallas are evidence “racial tensions have gotten worse, not better.” He called for restoring “law and order.”
Clinton posted a message of condolence on Twitter on Friday morning.
“I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families [and] all who serve with them,” she said.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, had been scheduled to hold a rally in Miami on Friday, but Bloomberg News reports that event has been put off.
Clinton, who is expected to become the Democratic nominee at the DNC convention this month, was scheduled to appear alongside Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in his hometown Scranton, Pa., where she was also supposed to hold a campaign fundraiser. Both of those events have been put off, though Clinton is still scheduled to deliver remarks at a black church convention in Philadelphia later Friday.
Trump released a longer statement on the situation on his Facebook page Friday morning, saying both the police killings posted online of black men during traffic stops and the sniper attack in apparent retaliation are examples of a nation that’s off course.
“We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street,” Trump said. “The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.”
This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”
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