President Barack Obama's words may be sympathetic with and supportive of the police, but his body language suggests otherwise, according to Donald Trump.
The Republican presidential nominee said he believes there's dissonance between Obama's words and his non-verbal signals when he addresses the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“I mean, you know, I watched the president and sometimes the words are okay,” Trump told Fox News on July 18, reports Politico. “But you just look at the body language. There's something going on. Look, there’s something going on and the words are not often okay, by the way.”
“What does that mean, there’s something going on?” Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy asked the businessman.
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"There's just a bad feeling, a lot of bad feeling about him. I see it too," Trump said. "There's a lot of bad feeling about him. We have a country that has not been like this since I can remember it."
Politico further noted that Trump's reaction was similar to sentiments expressed by conservative talking head Tucker Carlson, who also spoke to the Fox and Friends hosts about the president's speech following the killing of three officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 17.
“The president, the attorney general of the United States, the Democratic presumptive nominee for president have all three endorsed black lives matter," Carlson said. "So they're taking a really clear stand for this group, against the police. Not just a specific police department or a specific cop, but all police, accusing all police of racism. Now, I'm not blaming the president or any of those people for this shooting. But clearly, they've taken a side and it's not the side of law enforcement.”
Obama's remarks following the Baton Rouge attack were notable in that they did not include a renewed call for additional gun control legislation. After the July 7 attack in Dallas, which left five police officers dead, the president called for tighter gun control laws. He's also pushed for gun control laws after mass shootings that did not involve police, such as the June 12 attack on an Orlando nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people.
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"We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible," Obama said, per CNN. "We don't need inflammatory rhetoric. We don't need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda."