Oklahoma GOP Gov. Mary Fallin declared Sunday it's "more dangerous to be black in America," and that presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump is "trying to campaign as a racial healer."
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union,"
Fallin — reportedly on Trump's list of possible vice presidential picks
— said protests of the fatal shootings of two black men by police last week, and the subsequent ambush of five Dallas police officers, makes it "important that we look at any particular claim of injustice, that we listen to the concerns of the black community, but we must also respect and honor our men and women who are serving our people."
"It is more dangerous to be black in America," she said. "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."
"We have to do what we can do to make every American feel that they are protected," she added – insisting that was also the message of Trump
in the wake of the violence.
"I think he's trying to campaign as a racial healer," she said. "I think that has been part of his message. If you watch what he said this week, he talked about how devastating it was for Dallas, how we need to respect law enforcement, to pray for those who are killed and those who are injured."
"I think that is his intent, I trust him with his words, and we all need to move towards beings compassionate, loving, heal, and respecting our law enforcement."
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