Friday, July 8, 2016

Trump Campaign Official Blames Hillary for Encouraging Murder of Police Officers

I've been a little testy about a piece Greg Sargent wrote earlier praising Trump's Dallas reaction on Twitter.

Ok, it was better.

"Today Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton canceled their events, but Trump issued a measured statement this morning expressing condolences for the victims, and adding these remarks:

"We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street."

"The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done….Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children."

"This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies."

"It’s interesting that Trump alluded to the need to do something about the recent police shooting deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota — meaning the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both black men — particularly in the context of his suggestion that we must restore law and order via strong leadership."

My reactions:

1. Chris Hayes has it right:

"Genuinely hoping Manafort has successfully locked Trump out of his Twitter account for the day."

2. But in any case, does Trump get all this credit for sending out one tweet, FB post that aren't appalling racist? Hillary never sends racist tweets. But no one acts like she deserves a plaque for it.

Now Trump gets a plaque for one time not sending a racist tweet.

3. Does this somehow mean we forget everything he has said until now?

4. In any case, don't celebrate too early.

"Following news of the targeted shootings of Dallas police officers, the Trump campaign's Virginia state chairman, Corey Stewart, knew exactly where to point the finger: Hillary Clinton. The NYT reports:

"Corey Stewart, who is also reported to be planning a run for governor in Virginia in 2017, posted on Facebook as news of the shooting was breaking."

“Liberal politicians who label police as racists—specifically Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam—are to blame for essentially encouraging the murder of these police officers tonight,” Mr. Stewart wrote.

"Of course, they've since deleted the post—like that takes care of that and it never happened. Never mind that Stewart is a little like a Trump Mini-Me. So far, Trump's been silent on requests for comment. Meanwhile, Trump's son has been firing out retweets of Joe Walsh, who also happens to be blaming Obama for Dallas."

"Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Trump’s son, also has been active on social media since the shooting, retweeting Joe Walsh, the former congressmen and current radio host, sharing a news article that reported that Black Lives Matter protesters had been calling for the killing of police officers on Twitter."

So maybe we might want to hold back on awarding Trump a plaque just yet.

Jamelle Bouie:

"There are people who desperately want a race war, or at least an excuse to indulge violent fantasies of violence against black people."

"And this is what fundamentally scares me about Trump. I think he is feeding this impulse and giving people license to express it."

Key is for liberals not to buy into any of this Trump pivot talk. 


  1. As the alt-right says:

    anti-racist = #WhiteGenocide

    Which reminds me, I haven't seen much from (E. Harding / pithom / againstjebelallawz) lately. But he does have his own posts up I see:

  2. A lot of decent and semi-decent articles on RedState and TheResurgent today about this, but streiff disappoints:
    Really?... so what is Newt Gingrich doing here then?

  3. Yes, even Joy Reid praised an article by Leon Wolf.

  4. Actually, now that I think of it, she might not have said it then. She said it in a tweet.