A Friday night gathering of supporters of law enforcement officers at the White House led by conservative author Michelle Malkin, retired New York City police officer John Cardillo and Cameron Gray (NRA News) aims to light the White House in blue to honor fallen officers in defiance of the pointed refusal of President Barack Obama to show the same level of support he has shown same sex marriage and breast cancer awareness activists.
The pro-police rally will be held at Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House at 7:45 p.m. Attendees are being encouraged to bring blue lights and tributes to fallen officers. Blue glow sticks will be handed out for those without their blue lights.
Text of statement posted to Facebook by Michelle Malkin:
“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.” -Donald Trump just now. Can I get an AMEN? Trump’s forceful defense of our men & women in blue tonight at the GOP Convention is one of the top reasons I will unapologetically support him over lawless Hillary in November. How about you? If you are in the D.C. area tomorrow night, please meet me for #bluelightfriday at the White House at sundown! I’ll be holding vigil for the fallen with my friend, former NYPD officer John Cardillo, and many other retired/active-duty LEOs and friends/families/supporters of LEOs. We’re lighting the White House blue since Obama won’t do it. We’ll have blue glow sticks for everyone – or bring your own best blue lights and tributes for our fallen. Details ===>
The Obama administration refused a request by a federal law enforcement officers union to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the Dallas officer murdered by a Black Lives Matter supporter earlier this month. Press Secretary Josh Earnest publicly declined the request at a press briefing in respinse to a question by Fox News’ Kevin Corke.
On Monday the Obama administration again declined to turn the White House blue after the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers this past Sunday by another Black Lives Matter supporter. Again it was Kevin Corke asking Josh Earnest, reported the Washington Examiner.
…Fox New’s Kevin Corke told Earnest that he gets this question very often, which was about why the President hasn’t lit the White House in blue yet to honor the fallen officers. He has previously lit the White House in multi-colors to show support for the Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
“I’ve asked you about this previously,” he said. “It seems to be such a very small but potentially powerful gesture that would take so little and would mean so much to so many, and I’m just wondering if there might be any reconsideration, especially given what has now just happened again in Baton Rouge?”
Earnest promptly responded by saying that Obama has no intention of illuminating the White House in blue.
He then continued by stressing all of the other things Obama has done to show support for law enforcement, such as lowering the flags to half-mast, going to Dallas for the memorials, and giving speeches.
Earnest reiterated that all police officers deserve nothing but respect from the community for their “heroic work.”…