"During an address on Long Island on Friday, President Trump called gang members "animals" and praised law enforcement for being 'rough,' even suggesting that they not 'be too nice' to people they arrest."
The Atlantic detected an echo of Richard Nixon in Trump's law and order posturing.
"Trump's idea of toughness often comes at odds with the law. Disturbingly, his speech on Friday, with law-enforcement agents behind, was a long paean to systemic police brutality and lament for the ways the law restrains officers. He praised officers from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for their toughness. For example, he recounted meeting a man, apparently a would-be vigilante, with whom he discussed the high crime rate in Chicago:
"'He said the problem could be straightened out.' I said, 'How long would it take you to straighten out this problem?' He said, 'If you give me the authority, a couple days. I really mean it.' I said, 'You really think so?' He said, 'We know all the bad guys. The officers know all the bad ones in the area. We know them all. A couple of days.' I said, 'You've got to be kidding.' I said, 'Give me your card.' He gave me his card and I sent it to the mayor. I said, 'You want to try using this guy.'"
"You want to try using this guy..." So far, no response from the Mayor.
Below is another brief clip from Carter's television address 38 years ago. He closed the speech with a warning which John Farmer, Jr., described above, as a "prophetic warning of Trumpism."
To view that clip, click here.