President Barack Obama responded to the recent shootings across the country by holding a nationally televised town hall Thursday night focusing on race, called The President and the People: A National Conversation.
The president’s words in the wake of the shootings have attracted a fair amount of critics, perhaps none more harsh than Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who believes the president was not supportive enough of police. Patrick was present at the Town Hall and used the opportunity to challenge the president, face to face.
“I’m concerned that police officers across the country — they know you support law enforcement of course, but do they really in their heart feel like you’re doing everything you can to protect their lives?” Patrick asked the president.
He continued, “Words matter, your words matter much more than mine. Everything you say matters. And I would ask you to consider being careful when there is an incident of not being too quick to condemn the police without due process and until the facts are known.”
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