On Twitter, Fox News, and elsewhere, many conservatives took a predictably depressing response, arguing that Obama is the true racist for having the courage to speak about race in our country.
Here is a roundup of the top conservatives attacking the president’s speech:
Fox News’ Todd Starnes:
Obama's comments today justify what I said on Hannity earlier this week. He truly is trying to tear our country apart.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 19, 2013
Influential conservative blogger Dan Riehl:
If you ever had any doubts, Obama is the first Racist in Chief
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) July 19, 2013
Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro:
Obama helped ignite this ginned up racial melee by saying his son would look like Trayvon. Now he says he could have been Trayvon.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 19, 2013
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce:
So Obama "could have been" Trayvon 35 yrs ago? I had no idea Obama sucker-punched a watch volunteer & then bashed his head in. Who knew?
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) July 19, 2013
Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch:
It’s a combo protest diversion from scandals and attempt to weaken laws protecting right to self defense.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 19, 2013
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL):
President Obama is making this all about race. All. About. Race.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 19, 2013
Breitbart.com writer Joel Pollak:
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) July 19, 2013
Republican strategist Brian Walsh:
Remarkable that the President of the United States continues to fan the flames on George Zimmerman. #StopTalkingSir
— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) July 19, 2013
Right Sphere senior fellow RB Pundit:
Obama said he could have been Trayvon. How many hispanic heads has Obama bashed into concrete?
— RB (@RBPundit) July 19, 2013
Radio personality Hugh Hewitt:
This POTUS presser is remarkable…like he fell through the Time Tunnel to his state senate days
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) July 19, 2013
Conservative columnist David Limbaugh:
Did Trayvon commit assault w/ intent to kill? Do we have to overlook, even glorify that in lamenting his death? Yet Obama identifies w/ him?
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) July 19, 2013
And Fox News, via Huffington Post’s Luke Johnson:
Fox News Q: "Is the president easing racial tension or stoking racial tension?"
— Luke Johnson (@johnson) July 19, 2013
After publication, Breitbart.com’s John Nolte added this gem:
I like living in a country where a black president elected twice complains about racism.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) July 19, 2013