Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is the country's best hope to unite a nation divided on race, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told CNN on Monday.
Giuliani is set to speak at Monday's night's opening night of the Republican National Convention where the night's theme will be "Making America Safe Again." He was mayor when New York was attacked on 9/11, but during his appearance Monday on "The Lead," he told host Jake Tapper that he also took action to improve the lives of African Americans in his city through better education and job opportunities and by reducing crime.
Giuliani said he wants to get back to a time when there is "one America, not a black America or a white America."
"Do you think Mr. Trump is the best to do that?" Tapper asked.
"I think Mr. Trump is the best person to do that," Giuliani said. "This is a man without prejudice. This man sees black and white as the same, as I do."
The African American community has been tied to the Democratic party for years, he said, though the party appears to have done little to help them.
"What have the Democrats done for the African-Americans in Baltimore? In this city, Cleveland. What have they done for them in Detroit?" he said.
Giuliani admitted that black Americans have legitimate concerns over their treatment by some police officers and said incidents of racism should be looked at.
"But there is no excuse, none, for assassinating police officers and putting targets on their backs," he said. "We are seeing a repeat of the Black Panther movement, where police officers are lured to come and help black people and then are assassinated."
Three officers in Baton Rouge
, Louisiana died Sunday morning after apparently being lured into an ambush by a man who ended up being shot and killed by police as well.
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