In the aftermath of a tragic event, leaders, politicians, celebrities, columnists, and heads of state usually offer their own responses, statements, and press releases expressing their particular spin or feelings or reaction. This week’s assassinations of police officers in Dallas has been no exception. There has been an unusual amount of clarity and actual meat to some of the statements. I thought it was worth a summary of some of the most well-stated and some of the worst offerings.
Here they are:
President Barack Obama:
The president rightly noted that America is “horrified” by what he referred to as “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.” However he could not resist the temptation to mention gun control. No matter how Democrats feel about gun control, or how absolutely white-hot positive they are of their own correctness, it requires a fool to believe that mentioning it in the context of his remarks on an enormous tragedy, as the leader of this nation, would not be inherently divisive. Not strong.
Speaker Paul Ryan:
Unlike the President, Speaker Ryan’s remarks were all-encompassing, both in scope and tone. This is what leadership in the wake of terror is supposed to sound like.
Trump issued a very decent written statement, put out on Facebook, calling the attack a “coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.” He also made a few other moves. There is no doubt that this time, in this case, Trump made a smart call, but not for reasons his fans may like.
Secretary Hillary Clinton:
The worst response of anyone. I don’t know what Hillary was going for but I doubt where she ended up was the target. This will reflect poorly on her and show in the polls soon, I think. She started fine, but then she got progressively (pun intended) worse. She brings up gun control, she reprimands “white Americans”, she’s all over the map.
The Daily Show host has received kudos from a lot of quarters for his response to the attack, best summed up in his statement “you can be pro-cop and pro-black.” He emphasizes the idea that being for something doesn’t automatically make you against some other thing, which is a tremendously important point and something everyone should consider, and deeply.
Senator Ben Sasse:
Ben Sasse’s statement is one of the best, in my opinion. He lays out, in a brief few paragraphs, a real, actual road map for making a change. You should read the whole thing. Well done, Senator.
Senator Marco Rubio:
Rubio’s is another response that has received widespread praise. His powerful statement addresses race issues head-on and goes into great detail about the disparity experienced by black Americans when dealing with law enforcement (something Leon and I and others have written about here at RedState too.) Rubio’s remarks were natural, real, and straight from both the hip and the heart.
The best response so far, though, has come from the people of America.
God Bless America.
If you think there’s someone we missed that ought to be here, let us know in the comments.