The coronavirus pandemic and resulting steep economic crash have also disproportionately hurt minorities.
Asked what could be done to heal the nation’s racial divisions, Trump cited jobs and the economy and blamed the pandemic.
“Success will bring us together,” he said. “We had this tremendous success going,” he added. “We’re doing it again but we got interrupted by the virus.”
Trump, who did not attend Lewis’ memorials, called Obama’s speech “a terrible, terrible representation of what our country is all about.”
Polls show most Americans, including Republicans, support protesters and back some changes to policing, with many rejecting Trump’s handling of the racial discord.
Efforts to address racism have gained recent traction with a wide swath of Americans, including some whites, suburban dwellers, corporations and professional sports.
Trump, whose base skews older and whiter, has denounced protesters and touted “law and order” as part of his re-election campaign. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bernadette Baum)