President Obama has been criticized for rarely engaging the county on matters of race but, seeing the nasty reaction from GOP presidential candidates to his benign comments on the Trayvon Martin case, it’s easy to understand why he tends to abstain.
“Is the president suggesting if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it wouldn’t look like him?” Gingrich said Friday on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “That’s just nonsense. I mean, dividing this country up, it is a tragedy this young man was shot.”
In a separate radio interview Friday, Santorum had a similar reaction.
“What the president of the United States should do is try to bring people together, not use these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America,” Santorum said.
And they wonder why the GOP has trouble attracting black voters.
- Plouffe calls out GOP candidates over Obama reaction (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Conservatives Call Obama’s Trayvon Martin Remarks Race-Baiting (theroot.com)
- Gingrich: Obama’s Comments On Trayvon Martin Were ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Appalling’ (mediaite.com)