Last night, horrible news broke of a team of snipers opening fire on police officers trying to protect the First Amendment rights of protesters in Dallas, and five officers have died from the attack so far. This morning, Barack Obama commented on the issue, and his remarks were absolutely disgraceful.
Without knowing any facts except that police officers were killed, Obama went straight to his de-facto response whenever people are killed en-masse in America – more gun control. Former New York City police officer and Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino weighed in on Obama’s comments on Fox News this morning, and he was spot on with what he said the real problem is.
“He saw a political opportunity to bring up the gun control issue and, regardless of the fact that there are still officers wounded (and) that we don’t even know if gun laws had anything to do with this at all, none of those facts are even out yet, he just senses political opportunities,” Bongino said during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
“His skin is very thick on this, he doesn’t seem to care and he does it and is really not interested in any backlash at all. It was totally inappropriate but that’s what he does,” he added.
Just moments prior, Obama remarked that the shooters had “access to powerful weapons,” and that’s what “makes these types of things possible,” while completely ignoring the racial component of the attack. The Dallas police chief has said that one of the suspects was upset over the recent police shootings and that he wanted to “kill white people” just before he died at the scene of the attack, but not a peep about it from Obama.
Bongino doesn’t blame the guns either – he’s smart enough to know those with hate in their hearts will find a way to kill. Instead, he offered up another reason the shooters may have chosen to act, and it’s a lot more plausible than the excuse they were able to buy guns.
“What the guys are upset about, the men and women in law enforcement just to be clear here, is that fact that when we have the Alton Sterling shooting and the president commented, he made this big, broad statement about ‘this is an American problem.’ Well what’s an American problem?” Bongino said.
“He said in the statement just minutes ago that facts matter – I think it’s clear to everyone listening, to you and I, that he didn’t have the facts either yesterday on that shooting (and) yet he constantly jumps out and stigmatizes the culture (of) the United States and cops,” he continued. “So it’s not what he says after, it’s what he says in a responsible position before that matters.”
Bongino concluded by stating what most of us believe whenever we see Obama get on the television following horrifying incidents like Dallas.
“He has the bully pulpit and he always uses it to seemingly say the wrong thing in these police shooting incidents,” he said.
Indeed. Of all the things Obama could have talked about this morning, he once again chose to score political points and steer the narrative away from the actual cause, just like he did in Orlando.