Montrell Jackson was one of the police officers in Baton Rogue who was assassinated over the weekend. Donald Trump is the standard bearer of the Republican party and their likely nominee for president.
Let’s take a look at how the two community leaders have addressed the violence and hatred that has erupted in our country. First from Trump, this morning on Fox & Friends:
“I think we need strength. I think we also need somebody that can be a cheerleader. [Barack Obama]’s been a great divider in this country.”
Next, from Officer Jackson, who wrote a Facebook post earlier this month after the shooting of Alton Sterling:
I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me and or my wife it was needed and much appreciated. I swear to God I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform, I get nasty hateful looks, and out of uniform some consider me a threat.
Trump, in response to the attacks in Nice, France:
“People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism... There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR.
“I watched the President and sometimes the words are OK, but you just look at the body language, there’s something going on. Look, there’s something going on, and the words are not often OK, by the way...
There’s just bad feeling, and a lot of bad feeling about him. I see it, too... There’s a lot of bad feeling about him. We have a country that has not been like this since I can remember it.”
Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.
One of these guys represents the best of us. One of these guys represents law and order. On of these guys have a vision of what this country could be.
The other one is throwing himself a party in Cleveland.