Conservative columnist: Obama may be planning 'false flag' hate crimes to stir up racial unrest
President Barack Obama (AFP)

Frequent Fox News guest Erik Rush suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama would stage phony hate crime attacks to spark racial unrest.

“In my view it would be profoundly imprudent to dismiss the possibility that the administration might go beyond exploiting tense racial situations (or those that might be construed as such, even if remotely) and actually create some,” writes Rush in his regular World Net Daily column.

The columnist and regular Fox News commentator, who is black, raised the possibility that Obama had been meeting lately with members of the press to help orchestrate a racially motivated “false flag” attack.

Rush didn’t specify exactly how such an attack would benefit the president, beyond affording him “all the help he can get” to deflect attention away from the Affordable Care Act rollout and other “scandals.”

The columnist said his suspicions were raised by comments made by the Rev. Jesse Jackson about former President Ronald Reagan’s and former Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s support for racial segregation.

Rush complained that neither man was still alive to defend himself against such slander, but in fact, Goldwater campaigned in 1964 as an opponent of the Civil Rights Act and a defender of southern states’ rights to legally segregate blacks and whites.

Reagan campaigned in support of Goldwater and his policy on states’ rights, and he presented himself as the heir to the Arizona Republican during his own presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980.

Rush also notes in his column a New York Times piece published last week that suggested some racial motivation for Republican opposition to Obamacare.

“While race-baiting is nothing new for the left, the aforementioned incidents appear to have come somewhat out of left field with regard to the news cycle,” Rush writes, saying the president had used similar racial incidents to his advantage in the past.

As an example, Rush brings up Obama’s interest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida by a volunteer neighborhood watchman.

“If you’ll recall, Obama and Co. were on the February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin almost within hours, helping to shape the narrative that turned George Zimmerman from an American Latino defending himself against a belligerent young thug into a sinister Wagnerian Anglo huntsman, prowling the night looking for hapless black children to murder,” Rush writes.

Obama first spoke about the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting on March 23, 2012, nearly a full month later, when he conveyed his condolences to the slain 17-year-old’s family and placed the shooting in personal and racial terms.

“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said. “I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Republican presidential candidates at the time agreed, saying the case deserved a thorough investigation.

Zimmerman was eventually charged, tried and acquitted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, but Rush suggested it was all orchestrated to benefit the president in some unspecified way.

“Should some high profile, highly unpleasant race-related incident occur in the near future, it wouldn’t be the first time such a thing happened at a juncture that proved to be advantageous to the administration,” Rush writes.