CNN's Rick Santorum: It Doesn't "Fit With The Narrative" For Trump To Comment On Deaths Of Minorities, Muslims

CNN's Rick Santorum: It Doesn't "Fit With The Narrative" For Trump To Comment On Deaths Of Minorities, Muslims

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From the February 9 edition of CNN's Newsroom:

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DANA BASH: The context of this is that Quebec was an incident of an attack that was done by a white, we think maybe white nationalist. We don't know exactly, but it was certainly not the kind of attack where it was somebody who was perhaps fighting for Islamic fundamentalism or what have you. It was kind of the reverse of that, so that was the context of that question [to White House press secretary Sean Spicer]. Why is he not an equal opportunity opponent of attacks and as eager to talk about those?

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RICK SANTORUM: It should not be a shock to anybody that presidents, anybody, is not going to tweet out things that don't necessarily fit with the narrative that the administration is trying to put forward. The previous president, when there were attacks by anybody who shot someone black, the president would be out there with some sort of statement to talk about it. If it was the reverse, you never heard anything. So, there is a narrative that the White House tries to drive on issues that they care about.

JIM SCIUTTO: Wait, President Obama didn't comment about shootings of non-colored people? I remember him being very vocal on Sandy Hook and other school shootings.

SANTORUM: Yeah, well that was a mass school shooting. I'm talking about --

SCIUTTO: And others. Am I, am I --

SANTORUM: You know as well as I do, Jim, that when there was white-on-black crime, the president was all over it, and when it was a black-on-white crime, that was simply not the case. And so this is not something new, in that I'm just talking about one example, but there are lots of other examples. If the president is out there saying, "Look, we have an issue with radical Islam," that's what he's going to focus his attention on with his tweets. He's not going to be distracted, potentially -- not that this is not a distraction, he should have commented on it -- but it's not surprising that he didn't.

BASH: I see you're talking about strategy, but this is about what is right and wrong when you're the president of the United States.

SANTORUM: I think President Obama should have commented on those other things, and so I think President Trump should have commented on this. 

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ANGELA RYE: Donald Trump ran on being the "law and order" president, and he signed three executive orders today that do just that. The three of which will probably undermine Barack Obama's legacy here. I think that it's horrible for us to tarnish Barack Obama's legacy in saying that he did not comment on black-on-white crime or when there were shootings with officers or what have you. That's just simply not true. I do think that at this point, this president has an obligation to say something. We are just a month or so into this new year, and there have already been 100 plus people killed by law enforcement. And today they doubled down with law enforcement to say, "We're standing with you. We're going to protect your lives." But they haven't said anything about the lives of the folks who've been killed. There were over 900 shooting deaths by police officers, folks who died at the hands of police officers, last year. That is a crisis. He needs to speak on that, issue an executive order on that, and not just worry about just law and order at the hands of American citizens. That is a real problem. 

Previously:

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Canada’s "Alt-Right" Mosque Shooter, And What He Means For Right-Wing Media

Trump Appeared On TV To Talk About Terrorist Attacks He Now Says Were Not Covered

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