President Obama condemned the Dallas attack as a “vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement.” Having just made a statement addressing the deaths of Sterling and Castile, and police-involved shootings of African-Americans, the president unequivocally denounced violence against police. “We are horrified over these events, and we stand united with the people and police department in Dallas,” Obama said. “But let’s be clear there is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks, or any violence against law enforcement.”
Rally organizers also condemned that attacks. Dominique Alexander, founder of the Next Generation Network that organized the Dallas demonstration said, We want Dallas to know that violence of any kind we condemn. We continue to stand with the families of these officers and pray with them, as well as we stand with the families of Alton Sterling and Philando in Minnesota."
Oddly enough, Donald Trump issued an uncharacteristically measured statement about Dallas. He even acknowledged the police-involved shooting deaths of Sterling and Castile, after maintaining silence about them for two days. However, Trump still missed the point. In the middle of his statement he declares, “Our nation has become too divided … Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better,” revealing an utter lack of self-awareness.
Michael Strickland, who participated in a Portland State University Students for Trump rally last month, set up a tripod-mounted camera near the fringe of a Black Lives Matter Demonstration in downtown Portland. He got the attention of protestors who recognized Strickland as someone involved in the YouTube channel “Laughing At Liberals,” which films people at progressive protests and puts videos online with their names and addresses, making them easy targets for stalking and harassment.
When activists approached him to tell him to leave, Strickland drew his gun and chambered an extra-capacity magazine. As he reiterated, Strickland repeatedly said he reached for his gun because, “I feared for my life.” Strickland and another man were ultimately arrested.
If he’s looking for someone to blame for increased division and rising racial tensions, Trump should look in the mirror. and check his own rhetoric.