By Rick Jensen
Why does President Obama refuse to condemn violent protesters?
On CBS's "60 Minutes," Leslie Stahl asked President-elect Trump to address the violence.
"When we interviewed him on Friday afternoon Mr. Trump said he had not heard about some of the acts of violence that are popping up in his name... or against his supporters," Stahl reported., "Nor he said had he heard about reports of racial slurs and personal threats against African Americans, Latinos and gays by some of his supporters."Here's the back-and-fourth Stahl had with Trump:
Donald Trump: "I am very surprised to hear that-- I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that----"
Lesley Stahl: "But you do hear it?"
Donald Trump: "I don't hear it----I saw, I saw one or two instances..."
Lesley Stahl: "On social media?"
Donald Trump: "But I think it's a very small amount. Again, I think it's----"
Lesley Stahl: "Do you want to say anything to those people?"
Donald Trump: "I would say don't do it, that's terrible, 'cause I'm gonna bring this country together."
Lesley Stahl: "They're harassing Latinos, Muslims----"
Donald Trump: "I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, "Stop it." If it-- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it."
Yes, president-elect Trump looked directly into the camera and said, "Stop it."
Not the most eloquent language to engage people, and he did it nonetheless.
The very next day, Monday, November 14, President Obama addressed the nation on cable, broadcast TV and radio.
His first press conference since the election was casual with the friendly crowd of reporters, waxing along rather vaguely about issues domestic and international.
What he did not do was address the violent protesters.
After all, protesters burning cars and looting stores are reacting to President Obama being replaced by someone who frightens them (at least the ones who are not being paid to do so).
These are, ostensibly, his people. They would not be rioting if he were elected to a third term, no matter that hypothetical concept's lack of constitutional authority.
Some people suspect Obama wants the protests to continue; to create more fear and dissent towards a Trump presidency.
I really don't know and cannot understand why he refuses to show such leadership.
Now, it's unlikely they will stop, especially those who are paid by left-wing organizations to keep the protests and violence going.
The Washington Times reported .... "The far-left ANSWER Coalition and Socialist Alternative rushed to organize protest marches in major U.S. cities within hours of Mr. Trump's presidential victory Tuesday, as did MoveOn.org, which has reportedly received funding from Mr. Soros, a billionaire."
Republican Kellyanne Conway, who smashed the "glass ceiling" as the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, is calling upon Hillary Clinton and President Obama to publicly address the protesters, asking them for calm.
People, mostly Republicans in the Trump campaign, have publicly asked him to make such a plea.
Is it possible that President Obama is so privately angry at Trump's win that he doesn't care what the protesters do?
This is the irrational part.This is still your country, Mr. President.Why not speak to them?
It would be helpful for the country if President Obama would address the protesters and ask them to do so respectfully without violence.
Thanks to Wikileaks, we all know for a fact that radical leftist groups whose leaders say they were paid by the DNC and Hillary campaign instigated the violence at Trump rallies.
Now, with evidence these new violent protests are also funded by leftwing groups, it makes even more sense for the liberal President to speak directly to them.
He had another opportunity on Thursday, November 17, and chose to encourage protesters to keep protesting without admonishing violent leftists to do so lawfully.
Silence is consent.
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