Trump criticizes Black Lives Matter for its 'horrible' and 'divisive' rhetoric

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Donald Trump believes the Black Lives Matter movement has a responsibility to distance itself from the "horrible" rhetoric of its most hateful supporters.

On Monday, the presidential candidate who keeps accidentally disseminating his fans' neo-Nazi memes told the Associated Press that he has heard some Black Lives Matter activists say "horrible, horrible things about police and about others."

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"And certainly if they're going to allow that to go along rhetorically, this is not a good thing for our country," the mogul who recently suggested that the U.S. president is an ISIS sympathizer continued.

The tycoon who has campaigned on a proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States also expressed concern with the protest movement's "divisive" name.

"A lot of people feel that it is inherently racist," the real-estate heir who contends that judges with Mexican heritage are innately opposed to protecting our borders told the wire service. "And it's a very divisive term. Because all lives matter. It's a very, very divisive term."

When he wasn't scolding protesters for their political incorrectness, Trump offered what was, by his standards, a measured response to the terrible events of last week. Speaking at a rally in Virginia on Monday, Trump called for an immediate end to "hostility against our police," before referring to the "tragic deaths" of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, which the presumptive GOP nominee called "horrible to witness."

Trump went on to suggest that some police could use more "training," while African-Americans need to regain their "spirit." Somewhat refreshingly, Trump attributed the black community's dispiritedness to economic disadvantage rather than cultural pathology.

"Jobs can solve so many problems," Trump said. "And we're going to open our country up and we're going to be a huge jobs producer again instead of having terrible jobs."

Asked by the AP what he would say to African-Americans who feel targeted by police because of their skin color, Trump replied, "We have to talk to 'em and we have to build up the spirit ... We have to talk with the police. And we have to get people to really get along. People are not getting along in this country. We are in a divided country."

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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17: Tear gas rains down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his August 9, death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 11: Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Yesterday 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: A demonstrator protesting the killings of 18-year-olds Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri Police officer and Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer gets help after being maced by police on October 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson following Brown's death. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: A demonstrator cries while gathering in Philadelphia to protest the Eric Garner grand jury decision during a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at City Hall December 3, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers called for the demonstration after a grand jury in the Staten Island borough of New York City declined to indict the police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, resulting in his death. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Police confront demonstrators during a protest on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Yesterday protesting turned into rioting following the grand jury announcement to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. At least 12 buildings were torched and more than 50 people were arrested during the night-long rioting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - DECEMBER 20: Thousands of protesters from the group 'Black Lives Matter' disrupt holiday shoppers on December 20, 2014 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
A police officer stands over activists, demanding justice for the death of Eric Garner, as they stage a 'die-in' during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York on December 3, 2014. A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a chokehold on an unarmed black man who died as police tried to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported. The grand jury in the city's borough of Staten Island decided against criminal charges for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. The deadly encounter on July 17 was captured on a video that quickly spread over the Internet and helped fuel debates about how U.S. police use force, particularly against minorities. REUTERS/Adrees Latif (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRANSPORT)
A man protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Trump proceeded to argue that President Obama was wrong to claim that the nation is united in its shared desire to see greater peace in "our communities."

"When President Obama said the other day that he doesn't think it's as bad as people think, I think it's far worse and certainly far worse than he believes it is," the candidate who self-identifies as a "unifier" declared. "I mean, you were having big, big trouble in many cities. And I think that might be just the beginning for this summer."

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