Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE says recent police-involved shootings in Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla., illustrate the rift between black and white Americans.
“It just seems there’s a lack of spirit between the white and the black,” he said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” early Thursday.
“It’s a terrible thing we’re witnessing. Something’s going on that’s bad. This is the United States of America.”
Trump said the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities will only deteriorate.
“Well, it’s, ‘Wow, here we go again,’” he said of ongoing protests in Charlotte. "You look at what went on last night in Charlotte, and we’re seeing it. I’m not overly surprised to see it.
“What’s going between police and others is getting worse. You have to have law and order. At the same time you have to have a spirit of unity.”
Charlotte experienced a second night of protests after a black man was shot and killed by black police officer late Tuesday. Officer Brentley Vinson fired at Keith Lamont Scott, 43, during a confrontation at an apartment complex.
Officer Betty Shelby, meanwhile, shot and killed Terence Crutcher, 40, during a traffic stop in Tulsa last week.
A video of the incident shows Crutcher, who was unarmed, had his hands in the air shortly before Shelby fired upon him.