On Fox & Friends Monday morning, Donald Trump made the claim that the media was ignoring the “racial” component of the Ferguson crisis saying, “This is a racial situation. It’s not covered that way in the press.” Though his perplexed Fox hosts immediately countered the claim, Trump stuck to it and connected the "racial" situation in Ferguson to Chicago.
Speaking to the program via phone, Trump began with his curious claim:
Trump: This is a racial situation. It’s not covered that way in the press. It’s not even discussed in the press. They don’t want to discuss it. They stay away from it.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade cut in:
Kilmead: I don’t agree with you. That’s all we’re talking about is the race thing. This is not just a shooting.
But Trump continued, connecting the Ferguson coverage with Chicago and then citing the community’s reaction to Captain Ron Johnson mentioning his black son in a speech at the Michael Brown rally Sunday as proof of how “racial” the situation is:
Trump: In fact, Chicago is another situation. It’s a very racial situation out there. If you look at what’s going on here and Chicago and other places, the press really seldom talks about it. You looked at it here; as soon as [Capt. Johnson] mentioned his black son [at the rally], the audience went wild and applauded. That’s a very sad situation, very sad for the country. People understand it. In my opinion, the press does not really discuss it. They talk about riots, but they don’t say what’s at the core of the riot. Frankly, it’s a very big problem in this country and it’s a problem that is not discussed or certainly not discussed in any great detail and it has to be.
Trump appeared to be trying to make a finer point here about race and racism at the heart of the Ferguson situation and the media's coverage of it, but whatever it was got lost in vaguery.