Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh posted an apparent threat for President Obama on Twitter after the Dallas police shooting, reports the Chicago Tribune. “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,” Walsh wrote in the post, which was later deleted. In subsequent tweets, he called the shooters “uneducated black thugs” and blamed Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement for the officers’ deaths.
Walsh served one term in Washington, representing Chicago suburbs. He now works as a conservative talk radio host. An unrepentant Walsh stood by his tweets Friday morning, saying, “Of course I didn’t mean ‘let’s go kill Obama and Black Lives Matter.’ I was not trying to incite violence against Obama and Black Lives Matter. That’s crazy and stupid and wrong.” Some were calling for Walsh’s arrest, but he said he had not been contacted by federal authorities.