Fox's Tucker Carlson Falsely Claims Obama Has Called Police Racists "Again And Again"
Carlson: Obama Created "An Environment Where Something Like This Is Absolutely Inevitable"
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From the July 8 edition of Fox News' The Five:
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TUCKER CARLSON (CO-HOST): Point blank, there are bad cops. I’ve dealt with them, people who abuse their authority. People with authority tend to abuse it. That's why you keep a close watch on them. But to say that the cops are racist -- as the president has said again and again from the beginning of his first term, actually, with the Skip Gates story -- creates an environment where something like this is absolutely inevitable. He tells only half the story. Yes, minority communities are disproportionately caught up in the justice system, and there’s probably some unfairness there, but they also have terrible crime rates, actually, and nobody ever says that. That’s the central fact for police officers patrolling these neighborhoods. They're terrified. And so to leave that part out of it, and by the way, what do you think of the normal people who live in the neighborhoods? What do you think they think? They're terrified, too. The president never mentions that. No political figure ever mentions that. They act as if this just is randomly happening to people of color, and that’s a lie, and it makes the environment worse, more bitter and divided. It's one of the reasons race relations are so bad.
JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): It’s just not true because I heard President Obama just today say this is an abomination that will not stand, justice will be done, whoever perpetrated this act against the police will be captured, and there’s no excuse for it. That’s what I heard from the president.
CARLSON: Yeah, but what he said yesterday was the statistics show that young black men are much more likely to be caught up in the criminal justice system, and that is racism. What he didn't say was that young black men are much more likely to perpetrate crimes. I’m not attacking anyone, I’m just saying that's what the Justice Department stats say. I happen to know them. I wrote a book on it once. It's real, and he never says that. So we act like the whole thing is racism.