Among the many, many nuggets of absurdity in Donald Trump's interview with Fox News host and High School Letter Jacket Made Flesh Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, this little rant that seemed to endorse police brutality in violation of the constitutional rights of suspects stood out:
“Sean, in many cases, the police are not allowed to do their job. They have to be politically correct. We're talking about lives of wonderful people. And they have to be allowed to do their job. And you will see it stopped. I will never forget, I was in Chicago. And a police officer said there was a motorcycle deal to the plane, I was talking to the police, I was taking a picture. I said, how do you stop this? We could stop it immediately, sir. I said, what do you mean we could stop it? If they would let us do our job, we could stop it immediately. Now, at some point you're gonna have to let them do their job. And they want to do their job.”
He has told this story about the cop in Chicago before, and the Chicago Police Department has denied it happened. Multiple times.
That the police are somehow being handcuffed by political correctness is also one of Trump's constant themes, most recently in July during a speech to law enforcement in the killing fields of Long Island:
“They're there right now because of weak political leadership, weak leadership, weak policing, and in many cases because the police weren't allowed to do their job. I've met police that are great police that aren't allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor who doesn't know what's going on.”
What Trump calls “political correctness” is really the lawful requirement that police honor the constitutional rights of suspects. It's ironic that Trump would use Chicago as a stand-in for this political correctness since that city's police department long ran a secret detention facility where it tortured suspects and denied them access to lawyers, among other abuses.
And yet in Trump's estimation, the city of Chicago is overrun with violence and shootings. How that happened with a police department that was being anything but “politically correct” is not a contradiction he could possibly acknowledge.
Watch the entire segment below.