Donald Trump calls for unity following violent Charlotte protests

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Demonstrators protest Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says there’s a “lack of spirit” between blacks and whites after two high-profile police shootings of black men and violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In a phone interview Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said “there has to be a unity message somehow that has to get out and it starts with leadership.”

The Republican presidential candidate’s comments comes as he increasingly reaches out to African-American voters, at the same time as maintaining the tough law-and-order stance that appeals to core supporters.

He repeated his support for “stop-and-frisk,”a tactic which allows police to stop and search anyone they deem suspicious. A federal judge has ruled it discriminatory.

Trump said “it’s quite unbelievable” that it’s not being used in Chicago.

He said: “Chicago is out of control.”

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