Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is linking a recent string of police killings to President Barack Obama, calling him a “divider-in-chief,” reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In an column posted Wednesday on Hot Air, a conservative website, the Republican presidential candidate noted this week’s shooting death of an Illinois police officer as well as a recent fatal shooting of a deputy in Texas — and largely blamed Obama for the crimes.
“In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric. Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat,” Walker wrote. “This kind of attitude has created a culture in which we all too often see demonstrations and chants where people describe police as ‘pigs’ and call for them to be ‘fried like bacon.’ ” Walker added that such “inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric” has consequences for the safety of law enforcement officers.