Over the weekend, three police officers were killed and three more were wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – the site of the much-ballyhooed shooting of black man Alton Sterling, who was killed after allegedly reaching for his illegally-held gun while struggling against arrest. President Obama immediately issued a statement: “I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.”
He then added, “Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible. We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda.”
This is absolute madness.
This is the same president of the United States who explicitly cited Sterling’s case – repeatedly -- as a case study in systemic racism, acknowledging all the while that he had no evidence to support that notion.
This is the same president of the United States who used a funeral memorial for five cops slain for their job and race by a black racist to state, “I see people who mourn for the five officers we lost, but also weep for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.”
This is the same president of the United States who met with race riot-supporter Deray McKesson at the White House in the aftermath of the Dallas shootings, and asked Louisiana police to give him back his backpack.
This is the same president of the United States who called up New York Mayor Bill De Blasio to praise him after De Blasio ripped his own police department and said that he had to tell his black son to walk carefully around police lest he be shot.
This is the same president of the United States who has not only approved the Black Lives Matter agenda, but used memorials for murdered cops to do so.
This is the same president of the United States who sent federal emissaries to the funerals of Michael Brown – a thug who attempted to kill a cop – and Trayvon Martin, who was bashing a man’s head into the pavement when he was shot, as well as Freddie Gray, who died in police custody but was not murdered by the cops. By the way, Brown’s mother is speaking at the Democratic National Convention, even though Obama’s own Justice Department found no racial motivation in his shooting, and found that the shooting was justified.
Inflammatory rhetoric? Attacks on police? Careless accusations to score political points?
All of that is Barack Obama, right down to his shoes.
But it’s worse than that.
Obama is the president of the United States. Instead of tamping down anti-police violence, he’s used it as an opportunity to lecture police – a teachable moment against the victims. He has even said that he expects more anti-cop violence: “I think it is fair to say we will see more tension between police and communities this month, next month, next year, for quite some time.”
There will be such tension because such tension benefits Democrats. Obama’s approval rating is soaring – he’s at 56 percent, the highest point since shortly after his 2008 election. So Obama will keep pushing it, because he believes in American racism both ideologically and for practical purposes. And more cops will die, while he shakes his head in faux-surprise.