Hillary Clinton called the recent shooting deaths of black men by police in Oklahoma and North Carolina “unbearable, and it needs to become intolerable,” but she also praised the “extraordinary courage, honor and skill” of police officers during a Wednesday campaign appearance in the heart of this crucial swing state.
Trump, appealing to black voters in Cleveland earlier in the day, said he was “very disturbed” by the shooting of unarmed Terence Crutcher by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Clinton spoke to a few hundred supporters at a community center gym about her proposals to help people with disabilities become more included in the economy. Aside from declaring at the end of her remarks that “love trumps hate,” the Democratic nominee didn’t mention Trump.
Clinton began by addressing the shooting deaths of Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, who police say was armed, in Charlotte, N.C.
“There is still much we don’t know about what happened in both incidents but we do know that we have two more names to add to the list of African-Americans killed by police officers. It’s unbearable, and it needs to become intolerable,” Clinton said.
Clinton then immediately mentioned the recent targeting of police officers in Philadelphia and injuries to police officers in Charlotte during protests after Scott’s shooting.
“Every day police officers in our country are serving with extraordinary courage, honor and skill. We saw that again this weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. Our police handled those terrorist attacks exactly right,” said Clinton, who commended chiefs who are working on policing reforms.
“We are safer when communities respect the police and police respect communities…We’ve got to do better. And I know we can. And if I am elected president, we will,” Clinton said.
“I know I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know anybody who does,” Clinton said. “But this is certain: too many people have lost their lives who shouldn’t have.”
Trump said Crutcher, who was killed Friday, “looked like he did everything you’re supposed to do. And he looked like a really good man.”
“This young officer, I don’t know what she was thinking. I don’t know what she was thinking but I’m very, very troubled by that,” Trump said, calling it a “terrible situation.”
In Orlando, Clinton was introduced by Anastasia Somoza, 31, a disability-rights advocate who has cerebral palsy and once interned in Clinton’s U.S. Senate office. Somoza, who also spoke at the Democratic National Convention, met Clinton when she was 9 and Clinton was first lady.
“Hillary Clinton has always saved a place for us at the table. Whether it’s education, employment opportunities or community integration, she has been our advocate each and every day for each and every one of us,” Somoza said.
Clinton hailed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by Republican President George H.W. Bush, who according to a Kennedy family member plans to cross party lines and vote for Clinton this year.
“We’ve got to build an inclusive economy that welcomes people with disabilities, values their work and treats them with dignity,” said Clinton. She said disability advocates have told her: “We don’t want pity. We want paychecks. We want the chance to contribute.”
Clinton called for abolishing the subminimum wage, which allows employers to pay less to workers with a physical or mental disability. She also called for making college more accessible to people with disabilities and ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In addition to her public campaign appearance in Orlando, Clinton was scheduled to attend a fundraiser in nearby Heathrow at the home of trial lawyer and medical marijuana advocate John Morgan. The event was open to $2,700 donors, with those who gave or raised $100,000 getting to attend a “chair reception” with Clinton.
The Washington Post contributed to this story.