Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, says he thinks President Trump's visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, today was "not about unifying that community."
"It was to accelerate a campaign platform to try to get reelected. And that's unfortunate because we have lost lives in that community. We have three individuals who have lost their lives senselessly and we've got to address that," Johnson told CNN on Tuesday.
Some context: Johnson was responding to comments made earlier by Trump when he was asked during a roundtable during his Kenosha visit if he believed there is a problem in the US with systematic racism.
"You just keep getting back to the opposite subject. We should talk about the kind of violence that we've seen in Portland and here and other places. It's tremendous violence," Trump said, dancing around the subject.
At the event, Trump also answered for a pair of Black pastors in the room when they were asked if they think police violence is a systemic issue.
"I don't believe that. I think the police do an incredible job and I think you do have some bad apples," Trump said.
He added, "You do have the other situation, too, where they're under tremendous pressure and they don't handle it well. They call it choking and it happens."
Johnson pushed back on the President's comments, saying the Black community is hurting because of aggressive policing.
"For him, it's always about him, and if he sees the support coming from a police union, a fraternal order of police, he's going to cater to their messaging. This has nothing to do with the hurt this country is currently facing," Johnson said.
"He cannot address those things head on. He is only caring about reelection. We need leadership in this moment," he added.