President Barack Obama still won’t honor the murdered police officers by lighting up the White House in blue.
Fox News’ Kevin Corke asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest if Obama would possibly reconsider his decision to eschew shining the White House in blue lights given the recent cop murders in Baton Rouge, LA.
“It seems to be such a very small but potentially powerful gesture that would take so little and would mean so much to so many, and I’m just wondering if there might be any reconsideration, especially given what has now just happened again in Baton Rouge?” Corke asked.
Earnest responded that he doesn’t “anticipate” the White House taking that kind of action, and tried to weasel his way out of it by claiming that Obama attended the memorial for the fallen officers, spent time with the families of the lost officers as well as the wounded officers, ordered the flags across the country to be held at half-mast, denounced the Baton Rouge murders and eventually called the families of the slain officers in Baton Rouge to reflect Obama’s support for the police.
“All of this is an indication of just how strongly the president feels about the need to show our strong support for our men and women in law enforcement,” Earnest blustered. “As the president has said on a number of occasions, the vast majority of our police officers do an outstanding job and they do heroic work. They put on the uniform and walk out the door prepared to put their life on the line in a moment’s notice just to protect their community. And that is work that is worthy our respect and our praise and not our scorn, and the president feels quite strongly about that.”
Earnest also said that Obama expressed his support in his meetings with law enforcement officials.
Corke wasn’t buying it.
““It just seems sometimes that there’s this disconnect that despite his efforts, it’s not reaching that community in a way that is reflective of perhaps his intentions,” Corke said. “Is he frustrated by that? Because it seems like if you listen to some folks in law enforcement, they don’t feel like they’re getting the kind of support that they need. I don’t know what that looks like. I’m not in law enforcement, and so I’m just wondering do you sense that disconnect and is that frustrating in any way?”
Earnest responded that Obama has been hard at work trying to bring the country together.
“The vast majority of Americans believe that it is unjustified to carry out any act of violence against a police officer just because they’re wearing the uniform,” Earnest said. “The vast majority of Americans, I think, are concerned about the persistent racial disparities in our criminal justice system, and they, I think, have pointed questions that were raised by some of the videos that we’ve seen of interactions between police officers and African-American men. That doesn’t mean those Americans are anti-cop, it doesn’t mean they’re anti-law enforcement, it just means they’ve got some concerns based on the video.”
Earnest insisted that Obama’s goal is to have Americans realize “there’s a whole lot more that unites us” despite these concerns.
Nowhere in Earnest’s long, rambling answers did he give a justification for refusing to light the White House in blue. He didn’t do so when he was asked by Corke on Thursday, either.
The White House has previously been lit in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide and in pink to raise awareness about breast cancer:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 27, 2015
White House lit in pink for breast cancer awareness pic.twitter.com/47jVidcwW8
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 15, 2014
And yet they won’t do the same to honor the murdered officers. What Earnest can’t say is that Obama likes to uses incendiary, race-baiting rhetoric against police officers, and to light up the White House in blue would go against his far-left ideology.
(h/t: Washington Free Beacon)