“I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?”
—-President Barack Obama, in hisunscripted remarks yesterday regarding public reaction to the George Zimmerman acquittal.
The chorus of Hosannas following President Obama’s latest foray into inappropriate Presidential interference with local law enforcement—a virtual trademark of his leadership—were as predictable as it was wrong. As for the President’s remarks, they were more than wrong: they were reckless, foolish, irresponsible and dangerous.
That race relations is an appropriate topic for a Presidential address is not in question, nor is it to be denied that many of the comments and observations in President Obama’s remarks yesterday were valid, nuanced, perceptive and worth making—at another time, in connection with another case, and certainly not in connection with this case, at this time. That this is true should be obvious, and it should have been especially obvious to President Obama. That he went ahead and made those statements anyway suggests either a stubborn arrogance or sinister motives. Third alternative is stupidity, and the President is not stupid.
The excuse that will be given for the above statement will be that Obama was just raising a hypothetical, not making a pointed comparison with George Zimmerman’s defense. That excuse will be disingenuous or naive. The “narrative” in the black community and among Zimmerman-targeting activists is that Zimmerman was a racist feeling inherently “threatened” by Martin only because Martin was black, and that his shooting Martin was approved by Florida law on that basis. The protests over Zimmerman’s acquittal also continue, in abject ignorance of the facts, to hold that Zimmerman was exonerated under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Both are untrue and unequivocally untrue, yet the President of the United States chose to give them legitimacy and his royal approval.
A fair trial including the airing of evidence and testimony by the State and Zimmerman’s defense determined that Zimmerman felt threatened, not because Trayvon Martin was a black youth, but because Trayvon Matin had gained the advantage in a physical altercation initiated by Martin that had resulted in Zimmerman’s head being bashed repeatedly against the concrete. By dishonestly and misleadingly framing the case the way he did yesterday , President Obama…
- Used his high office and status to supported the unsupportable and false narrative that Martin was targeted because he was black. There is no evidence that he was, yet the protesters are acting on the assumption that this is fact.
- Pronounce George Zimmerman a racist and guilty of murder, as he would have been found if the facts were as Obama falsely represented them here.
- Impugned the integrity of the jury, and suggested that it had racist motives, by suggesting that it would not have decided the case the same way on the same evidence had the races been reversed.
- Gave support to the 100 city “Justice for Trayvon” demonstrations planned by Al Sharpton, which are based on Sharpton’s assertion that Martin was hunted and murdered because of his race. The administration has courted Sharpton before in this matter, and Sharpton is a lying, race-baiting, dishonest and divisive huckster who debases the Presidency by any association with it.
- Contributed to the widespread confusion and ignorance of the public regarding the facts of the case.
- Once again interfered in a local law enforcement matter, implicitly accusing local authorities of racial bias
That isn’t all. As he did when the case broke into the national news, the President claimed personal identification with Martin, and thus Martin’s actions. Is Obama saying that he would have initiated a fight with Zimmerman, as the jury found that Martin probably did? That would be illegal. A listener so inclined could easily take the President’s stated solidarity with the victim as an endorsement of the victim’s conduct, which included pre-emptive assault and battery. Thus the President’s reckless and indulgent remarks risk getting someone else killed. He also conceivably undermined the potential prosecution by his own Justice Department, should it choose to follow the NAACP’s dictates and bring a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman. Obama’s previous, similarly ill-advised comments about the military’s sexual harassment scandal are doing just that in the prosecution of those cases, and the same thing could happen with a Zimmerman prosecution.
President Obama doesn’t learn, and apparently doesn’t care.
Out of the many examples through his years in the White House of the President delivering his pronouncement on matters a President should never involve himself with, this is easily the worst. He is risking violence, promoting racial unrest, attempting to use his power to unduly influence the justice system, impugning the integrity of the honest citizens on the jury, and adding his power and position to the persecution of George Zimmerman, because the race-grievance industry foolishly chose to make him the face of racism and when the facts didn’t support the “narrative,” lacked the courage of Emily Littella to say “never mind.”
The President already had an executive class seat on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Ethics Train Wreck, and voluntarily bought another ticket.
Facts: Washington Post