One of the first things Donald Trump said in his "60 Minutes" interview tonight is that "we need law and order." (At the video below.)
I mean, we've endured some extremely horrific, traumatizing events these past couple of weeks, and Trump would be foolish not to exploit Americans' fear and anxiety for political gain.
At the Wall Street Journal, "Law and Order Will Be a Big Republican Convention Theme":
The Republican National Convention will open Monday under the pall of antipolice violence, a development likely to bring a new emphasis to presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s repeated pledges to make law and order a theme of both his nominating convention and the looming fall campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.More.
The Sunday killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge, La., rattled a nation already reeling after a recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., as well as a summer of extraordinary violence and turmoil at home and abroad that includes the deaths of two black men at the hands of police, a terrorist attack in France and an assault on police at a protest in Dallas.
In response, Mr. Trump has declared that the GOP will run on a platform of taking decisive action to end the violence. Indeed, the party said Sunday that the theme of Monday’s opening-night program will be “Make America Safe Again.”
“We grieve for the officers killed in Baton Rouge today. How many law enforcement and people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country? We demand law and order,” Mr. Trump wrote online after the Baton Rouge shooting.
Introducing his running mate Mike Pence on Saturday—the day before the Baton Rouge shooting—Mr. Trump described the Republican ticket as “the law and order candidates,” and said that Republicans are “the law and order party.”
“We’re going to change things around. There’s going to be respect again for law and order,” Mr. Trump said.