After last week’s terrible events involving police involved shootings and a bloody terror attack on Dallas police officers, the American people have been hungry for clear thinking and leadership.
President Obama has trotted out his same, worn-out double bank-shot rhetoric railing against guns while praising the Black Lives Matter activists as only a career community organizer can do.
Trump has been supportive of the police and has been uncharacteristically disciplined and circumspect in response. He even garnered praise from unlikely places for his first 24 hours of reaction to Thursday’s massacre in Dallas.
And Hillary Clinton? Well, it appears the most qualified person to ever run for president in the history of our republic is floundering and nonsensical.
Her first response was to condescend, pander and insult.
“I will call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American families, who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have the talk about … how to really protect themselves, when they are the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with the police. I’m going to be talking to white people. I think we are the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens, and we have so much more to be done, and we have got to get about the business of doing it. We can’t be engaging in hateful rhetoric or incitement of violence. We need to bring people together.”
She then went on to call for “more love and kindness.” Wolf Blitzer was nonplussed.
Sometime Friday afternoon, hours after her “white people need to learn from me” brilliance, a brave campaign staffer had to deliver the message to the greatest American since Thomas Jefferson that blaming “white people’s” ignorance is probably not the most unifying and powerful message from a person who wants to sit in the Oval Office, despite Don Lemon’s assurance that this is exactly the kind of pandering required to “win over” the black vote.
So that night, Clinton had a new message, this one delivered to the congregants at the African Methodist Episcopal Convention in Philadelphia. (That’s right, unlike Trump who cancelled a political appearance out of respect for the tragic events in Dallas, Clinton took full advantage of the tragedy and appeared before an important special interest group)
“We cannot, we must not vilify police officers. Remember what those officers were doing when they died. They were protecting a peaceful march. They were people in authority making sure that their fellow citizens hat the right to protest authority, and there is nothing more vital to our democracy than that. And they died for it.”
So let’s follow the logic.
Clinton’s initial response to the cold-blooded murder of police officers at the hands of a racist monster who was intent on murdering white people was to promise to lecture “white people like (her)” about how black people have a legitimate reason to need to “protect themselves” from the police. And then, hours later, she says not to vilify police.
Maybe it’s me, but if the day after five cops are slaughtered in the streets of Dallas your immediate reaction is to run in front of a camera and promise to “call for white people” to understand black families who fear their children are going to be killed by cops, you are vilifying police officers.