Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said on Sunday that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been “trying to campaign as a racial healer.”
The governor appeared on CNN, where anchor Jake Tapper asked her twice if she thought Trump was a racial healer.
“I’ve heard from a number of Latino Americans, Muslim Americans, Native Americans, Jewish Americans, African Americans, all expressing concern about some of the things Donald Trump has said,” CNN’s Jake Tapper told the governor.
“I think he is trying to campaign as a racial healer,” Fallin said.
I think that has been part of his message. If you watch what he’s said this week, he talks abut how devestating this was for Dallas, how we need to respect our law enforcement, how we need to pray for those who were killed and those who were injured. I think that is his intent, I trust him with his words and I think we all need to move towards being compassionate, understanding, healing, but also respecting our law enforcement.
Her comments come after a year of racially-tinged vitriol from the Trump campaign, which launched when the candidate pledged to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, saying that immigrants were criminals and rapists. Last fall, he said that he would “strongly consider” shutting down mosques in America. Trump has also said he would ban Muslims from entering the country. Prior to running for president, Trump led the charge on the so-called birther conspiracy theory, alleging that President Obama was not an American.
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Fallin was speaking on CNN after Trump released a video calling for improved race relations after two more black men were shot and killed by police last week in Baton Rouge and St. Paul.
“The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected. Racial divisions have gotten worse, not better,” Trump said.
Trump’s response to the shooting has come as a surprise to many. He released an uncharacteristically somber and reflective statement following the shootings, but many Americans remain unconvinced that he stands for unity.
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“It’s both more dangerous because of crime — which is the Chicago story — but it is more dangerous in that it is substantially more likely to end up in a situation where the police don’t respect you and where you could easily get killed,” she said.
Fallin is reportedly on the short list of Trump’s potential running mates.