During a recent one-on-one interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, President Trump was asked about his thoughts on the murder of Jacob Blake, a Black Wisconsin man who was shot seven times in the back in front of his children.
Not unsurprisingly, the President leapt to the defense of Wisconsin police officers, saying they were "under siege."
The President then took things a step farther, however, comparing the choice to shoot unarmed Black men to "choking" during a round of golf. The President said:
"Shooting the guy, shooting the guy in the back many times, I mean, couldn't you have done something different? Couldn't you have wrestled him? I mean, in the meantime, he might've been going for a weapon and there's a whole big thing there. But they choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt."
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Trump compares killing an unarmed black civilian to missing a three foot putt in a golf tournament, Ingraham jumps… https://t.co/idwxf41NtN— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1598931601.0
This analogy seemed to go too far for even Ingraham, who not-so-subtly prompted the President to clarify his line of thinking:
"You're not comparing it to golf. Of course, that's what the media will say."
But the President was oblivious to the social cue, saying:
"I'm saying people choke."
@joshtpm @KagroX Remarkable how the role of a Fox interviewer is not to draw out the President's real views, but to… https://t.co/vEGk9uLpph— Mark Schmitt (@Mark Schmitt)1598937941.0
Once more, Ingraham tried to steer the President back on course, saying:
But Trump was insistent on using his golf/choking metaphor, despite the added uncomfortable associations choking now has with the racial justice movement after the death of George Floyd.
The President pressed on by saying:
"People choke. You could be a police officer for 15 years and all of a sudden you're confronted. You've got a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don't make a decision and you're wrong, you're dead. People choke under those circumstances and they make a bad decision."
I’m rarely rendered speechless.... https://t.co/hzqlIsZbZ2— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1598969020.0
@joshtpm The “choking” commentary is even more egregious when one thinks of George Floyd- not sure if he is subcons… https://t.co/vpMXRZZxTK— Dave Frohn (@Dave Frohn)1598931844.0
Twitter was disgusted by the Presidents thoughtless, shallow comparison.
Watch as Trump compares a police officer shooting a Black man in the back to golf saying, "but they choke, just lik… https://t.co/lwJsTyDZGq— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1598958785.0
Oh my. Even heartless Laura Ingraham knows that you shouldn't compare shooting someone in the back seven times to… https://t.co/pWwYRwqGyg— Barbara Boxer (@Barbara Boxer)1598972249.0
You know you've gone too far when even Laura Ingraham thinks you're being a bit insensitive.
I would say that Trump compared police shooting a Black man in the back to someone playing golf, but Laura Ingraham… https://t.co/QCtjwkh64c— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump)1598968929.0
Laura Ingraham’s pathetic attempt to cover for Trump’s golf gaffe reveals what we already knew: These Fox hosts kno… https://t.co/BnCd33OVHp— Lucy Caldwell (@Lucy Caldwell)1598964530.0
President Trump's strategy for the upcoming election seems fairly obvious at this point—stoke racial and prey on people's fear to gain power.
Trump thinks a cop shooting an unarmed man in the back 7 times is akin to "choking" at a golf tournament. He's sti… https://t.co/CzdmAEuDVM— 💙Rapunzel™ BLM-Wear the damn mask! (@💙Rapunzel™ BLM-Wear the damn mask!)1598969768.0
@joshtpm We've reached the "The President is so god damned insane that Laura Ingraham is the voice of reason" plot… https://t.co/cBs9yYRQim— Will Gee (@Will Gee)1598952022.0
Laura Ingraham, with all her wisdom, can’t coverup for Trump. She immediately forced Trump not to compare contrast… https://t.co/B15EVBRSKm— Virginia Arellano Cardenas (@Virginia Arellano Cardenas)1598977139.0
Among the many qualities a good President should have are compassion and tact, two things President Trump is sorely lacking.