September 13, 2015

While appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Scott Walker tried to blame President Barack Obama for not doing enough regarding the rhetoric used by a handful of protesters. From CNN:

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," the Republican presidential candidate said Obama hasn't offered enough support for police who are "overwhelmingly doing the right thing every day."

"He's praised them, but he's not speaking out about the fact that this rhetoric out there," Walker said.

"And when you've got people say, we have people say 'pigs in a blanket' at a rally, 'fry 'em up like bacon,'" he said. "That's the kind of thing you need to speak out about. You need to say that is wrong."

Walker was referring to a chant by protestors connected with the Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota in late August. The protestors, marching by the Minnesota State Fair, said they were trying to draw attention to police brutality against African-Americans.

Walker's first problem is that there is no "War on Cops." In fact, at the current pace, this year could be the second safest year for cops in almost a century.

Walker's other problem is that he admitted that Obama has praised cops and that his faux outrage is that Obama hasn't addressed every single thing said by every single people. This leads us to another mind-boggling bit of hypocrisy by Walker:

Walker first connected Obama to police killings in a op-ed in which he wrote that under 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."


"In our society we need leaders, not just in elected office, we need clergy and business and other leaders in our community to say enough is enough," he said. "These are the men and women we need to stand up and protect us. We need to make sure they have the training and they follow through on that training. We need to increase and improve relations for sure, but we cannot have it any more this idea that it's OK to go after law enforcement just because they wear the uniform and just because they have a badge."

Walker is simultaneously blowing his dog whistle while blaming the victims. He says nothing, and never has said anything, about the epidemic of innocent black men being killed by police. If Walker was serious about easing relations between the police and the black community, he would need to first address the real problem.

But then again, that wouldn't fit into his (not so) subtle racism.

If Walker really wanted to do something about his faux concern about race relations in this country, he could go a long way by doing two things.

First, he could apologize for the racism that he has allowed to go on for years within both his campaign and his administration.

Secondly, he should apologize for saying that the thought of meeting with activists of the #BlackLivesMatter movement was ridiculous.

As an added bonus, he could actually sit down with people from the movement and listen to their concerns.

But I would suggest that the gentle reader not hold their breath for any of that to happen.

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