Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin criticized President Barack Obama for not taking a more aggressive approach to defend law enforcement officers and condemn anti-police rhetoric that has been used multiple times to promote more shootings.
During the appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate told host Jake Tapper that the president has not promoted the majority of law enforcement who are “overwhelmingly doing the right thing every day.”
Walker acknowledged that Obama has praised police officers in the past, but criticized the commander-in-chief for not questioning the rhetoric that has been used repeatedly by some groups, such as Black Lives Matter.
“And when you’ve got people say, we have people say ‘pigs in a blanket’ at a rally, ‘fry ‘em up like bacon,’” Walker said, echoing recent comments at a rally where members of the movement were in attendance. “That’s the kind of thing you need to speak about. You need to say that is wrong.”
Those chants, specifically, were said at a Black Lives Matter rally in Minnesota last month by protestors who were attempting to draw attention to their perceived view of violence against African-Americans by law enforcement officers, CNN noted.
Walker said similar statements in a written op-ed for HotAir.com released earlier this month.
“In the last six years under President Obama, we’ve seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric. Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat,” Walker wrote.
“After years of division under President Obama, America needs a leader who will seek to unite all Americans,” he added.
“No law enforcement officer should fear to do their job the way he or she was trained to do it, and no law-abiding citizen should fear for their safety from those sworn to protect us.”
In July, Obama appeared at the NAACP’s 106th annual convention where he outlined new proposals to the nation’s criminal justice system. Among those, the president said that removing a mandatory minimum sentence and investing more time and money in the nation’s education system would be the most effective way to stop the rise of crime in the African-American community, Vice.com reported.
“Crime is like any other epidemic, the best place to stop it is before it starts,” Obama said. “If we make investments early in our children we will reduce the need to incarcerate those kids.”