Four police officers were killed and more were injured when two snipers fired multiple rounds in Dallas on July 7 as a peaceful anti-police brutality march was coming to an end.
President Barack Obama was nowhere near Dallas when the tragedy unfolded, but some conservatives are blaming him, notes Time.
Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, who was haunted by allegations of being a deadbeat dad while in office, tweeted: "3 Dallas Cops killed. 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you."
Walsh deleted the tweet after a fierce backlash on social media brought up his past as an alleged deadbeat dad.
Walsh went on to post more incendiary tweets:
"When Obama goes after cops it opens the door for anti cop rhetoric and action."
"10 Cops shot. You did this Obama. You did this liberals. You did this #BLM. Time to defend our Cops. Wake up."
"It's time 4 patriotic Americans to stand up & stand against all the Cop haters - from Obama to the thugs on the street. It's way past time."
Walsh later scaled back his rhetoric: "I wasn't calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama's words & BLM's deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops."
Walsh never presented any evidence that proved how Obama's words or Black Lives Matter's deeds caused the shootings, which were reportedly carried out by two gunman.
Walsh wasn't the only one blaming the president.
Right-wing blogger Pamela Geller wrote:
Obama’s racist campaign of division and discord exploded tonight in Dallas, Texas, just hours after he made a hate speech inciting to violence. Obama sprang into action, exploiting two unrelated incidents earlier this week involving controversial fatal shootings by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota. We don’t know what happened in Baton Rouge when Alton Sterling was shot by police (Sterling was armed). Or the disturbing video of Philando Castile in the aftermath of a police shooting in Minnesota. But we don’t know the whole story. But Obama sprang into action and ginned up the hate ….
Geller then quoted part of Obama's speech that pointed out the actual racial disparities that exist in the U.S. justice system: "[W]hat’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve."
Conservative website FrontPage Mag stated:
President Barack Obama, who a decade ago promoted inter-racial warfare in Kenya, has long tried to provoke civil unrest here in the U.S. with his hateful anti-cop rhetoric and his relentless demonization of opponents. His goal is fundamental transformation of the United States. A Red diaper baby who identifies violence-espousing communist Frantz Fanon as an intellectual influence, he has also steadfastly refused to condemn the explicitly racist, violent Black Lives Matter movement. In fact Obama has lavished attention on the movement’s leaders and invited them to the White House over and over again.
Obama has repeatedly called for racial unity and calm for years during these types of incidents, and has issued his support for police who lawfully serve and protect. The reference to "Red diaper baby" is an old slur used to attack people whose parents were supposedly communists.