President Trump Speaks to 'Back the Blue' Rallygoers on White House Lawn

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As part of a “Back the Blue” march in Washington, D.C. Saturday, President Trump addressed hundreds of participants on the South Lawn of the White House. While the main thrust of the speech was to show support for law enforcement officers across the country who have been targeted by the progressive left, Trump also spoke about criminal justice reform and his plans to help minority communities.

The march was organized by Candace Owens’ BLEXIT group and, according to comments Owens made to ABC News, “is about supporting law enforcement in minority communities.”

Trump began by noting the “nationwide crusade against law enforcement” already underway:

So you just marched to the White House because you understand to protect the lives of Black Americans and all Americans, you have to have your police support you. You have to have that. If the Left gains power, they’ll launch a nationwide crusade against law enforcement, and they’ve already done that, and you see them. They’re doing that at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.

He also said a simple “thank you” to police officers, which stood out since it’s so rare to hear politicians openly thanking the police these days.

We’re here today to deliver a united message to police officers all across our great land… every American, every race and color, we love you. Every race, color, creed, we support you. We honor you. It’s a dangerous profession. They’ve been doing an incredible job, and I just want to thank them on behalf of everybody here today, because that’s why we’re safe.

Because of the event’s focus on minority communities, Trump was sure to mention the landmark First Step Act – any discussion of which wouldn’t be complete without a dig at Biden:

We’ve achieved a historic reduction of violent crime. We signed a landmark criminal justice reform bill that nobody thought was possible to even think about. I did that. I did that. I got that done. And I worked with a lot of people, but we got it done. The Obama administration couldn’t get it done. Biden couldn’t even think about it. He doesn’t even know what it is.

After hearing from the President, the group marched toward BLM Plaza.