President Obama expressed the unequivocal support that police have been waiting to hear yesterday, while telling Republicans to watch their rhetoric if they want to help cops, too, reports Politico. In public statements amid news of about the deaths of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Obama did not talk about guns. He did not talk about racial disparities or any other reason that people might be angry at police. He simply condemned the attack. “These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one,” he said. “They right no wrongs. They advance no causes.”
Some police leaders criticized Obama’s responses to recent police-related violence. They felt he was too quick to blame law enforcement and cite racial bias after police killed black men in Baton Rouge and near St. Paul, Mn. His responses to the assassination of five officers in Dallas, while acknowledging the challenges and heroism of policing, also dwelled on its failures, adding to their frustration.
Yesterday, Obama suggested that he’s not the only one responsible for watching his mouth when it comes to police safety. “I know we’re about to enter a couple of weeks of conventions where our political rhetoric tends to be more overheated than usual,” the president said, adding, “We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda.” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded that Obama “doesn’t have a clue.” Trump said, “Our country is a divided crime scene, and it will only get worse!” Jim Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police, praised Obama’s tenor, calling his initial statement “strong and timely.”