Republicans blame President Obama almost daily for a new perceived or imagined slight, but this weekend they actually attacked the president over the George Zimmerman trial.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rep, Steve King (R-IA) told host Chris Wallace that he blamed the U.S. Justice Department and President Obama for politicizing the killing of Trayvon Martin instead of leaving it to law enforcement, noted ThinkProgress.org.
"The evidence didn’t support prosecution and the Justice Department engaged in this, the president engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order," said Rep. King (video below).
"I regret that this all happened. I’m sorry that it was turned into a race issue by the media. Otherwise, it would have been tried or not tried depending on the laws that were there. This is unfortunate."
However, Rep. King failed to prove how the U.S. Justice Department or the president had any control over the case, or that the case was not handled by "law and order."
On the same broadcast, Republican strategist Karl Rove slammed the President Obama for daring to show sympathy for Martin's family following the killing of their son by Zimmerman. reports RawStory.com (video below).
“President Obama politicized this at the beginning of it, I believe, unfortunately, by injecting himself into it and saying that if Trayvon Martin, that if he’d have had a son it would look like Trayvon Martin,” said Rove.
“We need a president to bring us together, not rip us apart. And I hope the Justice Department does not respond to the ill-advised recommendation of the NAACP to continue this controversy.”
Rove failed to mention other presidents who had "injected" themselves into court cases, such as when President Nixon said that Charles Manson was "guilty," almost causing a mistrial in 1970, noted The Palm Beach Post.
Rove also failed to mention in 2005, President Bush publicly said that former House majority leader Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX) was "not guilty" of money-laundering, reported The Washington Post. However, Delay was convicted in 2011, noted The Huffington Post.