Laura Ingraham was the fill-in host on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday evening when she launched into scathing criticism of President Obama’s remarks about the racial tension in Ferguson, Missouri. During the Talking Points Memo segment of the Fox News program, Ingraham said that the president’s comments were premature since the investigation has not been completed. The conservative radio talk show host accused Obama of using the civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb as a distraction from his sagging approval numbers and policy failures “to try to gin up the base.”
And once again, he does this before all the the facts have been gathered, before authorities on the ground have completed their own investigation. Remember his beer summit after silly comments about the Henry Lewis Gates break-in in Cambridge or his “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” remarks?
Then she rips into Attorney General Eric Holder and how he accuses the nation of being racist towards Obama, voter ID, and immigration enforcement.
Well, then of course, there’s his attorney general who has implied that the president’s critics are racist. Voter ID requests are racist. Immigration enforcement is racist. These Obama administration interjections have stoked racial discord in America and sewn more distrust between minorities and some local enforcement. Think about what the president said today. While he did urge calm, he also intimated that the Missouri police are out of control. They’re targeting largely minority crowds with unreasonable force and they’re hiding things.
Well, this is irresponsible and a dangerous speculation. Especially coming from the president of the United States. We need to rebuild trust between minorities and the police, not breed more suspicion. And what is the president suggesting by the way that the police do to enforce a curfew when they are in danger or when stores are looted and ransacked? Of course, there is the distinct possibility that politics is really the impetus driving the president’s involvement here. Let’s face it, his numbers are down across the board. And his party is looking very vulnerable in November. So, he switches the focus to racial injustice in Missouri and away from his policy failures to try to gin up the base.
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Ingraham concluded her memo:
This is textbook Obama. The country is facing serious national issues every day. We have a demoralized middle class, mass illegal immigration, major foreign policy quandaries; all that deserve serious and sustained attention. So he should stop micromanaging local police and stop playing the politics of division. There is supposed to be a difference between being the president of the United States and a liberal commentator on Salon.com.