Republican Rep. Robert Hurt of Virginia said on July 12 that President Barack Obama was reaping what he had sowed in regard to anti-police sentiment and the shooting of five police officers in Dallas (video below).
Hurt made his comments during an interview with Virginia radio show host John Fredericks when they talked about the Dallas shooting and Black Lives Matter, notes Right Wing Watch:
So, this president over his eight years, strictly in my opinion, for political purposes, to misuse that history in a way to promote his own political agenda, I just think it's wrong, I think it's despicable, frankly. And I think that is what you see politicians do, and this president has done it.
This is a narrative that he has drawn, I think very incorrectly, and he has drawn this narrative for political purposes and now we’re seeing him reap what he has sowed. He has sown this narrative and here we see ... many other politicians who are gutless and who don’t respect the truth and don’t see this country to be the greatest country on earth that it is.
The freest country, the country where we have equality, where we have worked past through so many of these horrors of injustice. And we have children now in this youngest generation, who have grown up in a completely different country than their grandparents. But he tosses all this aside and pretends that we have all of this horrible racial strife where, frankly, it's hard for me to see that we have it certainly to the degree that he has suggests, again, I think for political purposes.
He has sown this racial [seed], he has fanned these flames; he has, I think in many ways highlighted these things in a way that I don’t think are fair or right, and now we’re seeing the fruit of this. And it's not fair just to blame him, there are so many others who also do this, who make a living doing it, they make millions of dollars doing it. And you know, they're hustlers and ... in many ways, he's just feeding into that.
And so I’m glad he’s going to Dallas. I hope that he’s of some comfort to the families. I kind of wonder how well he will be received, considering he, I think, in many ways is responsible for fanning the flames of this anti-police feeling. And I know if I were a family member, I’m not sure I would want to be spending a lot of time with him.
Hurt didn't present any objective evidence of Obama promoting violence against police, fanning the flames of racism, or pushing anti-police feelings.
Earlier in the interview, Hurt said that Obama had placed the Black Lives Matter movement at the same level as the Civil Rights movement, and added: "It’s not even clear to me what the Black Lives Matter people really want, other than to draw attention to themselves, and I would suggest to you ... that it's really nothing more than a political organization."
For more than two years, the Black Lives Matter movement has said countless times that it wants an end to police brutality against African-Americans.
During his speech at the memorial service for the slain officers in Dallas on July 12, Obama said: "I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem," notes The New York Times. "And I know that because I know America. I know how we've come against impossible odds."
"We cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid," Obama added. "We can’t simply dismiss it as a symptom of political correctness or reverse racism. To have your experience denied like that, dismissed by those in authority, dismissed perhaps even by your white friends and co-workers and fellow church members again and again and again — it hurts."