Conservative blogger Bristol Palin criticized President Barack Obama on Thursday for inviting 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed to the White House in the wake of the teen’s encounter with police in Irving, Texas.
According to Talking Points Memo, Palin noted on her Patheos blog that Mohamed was arrested, but did not mention that the “bomb” for which he was reported was actually a homemade clock. Instead, she said “the kind of stuff Obama needs to STAY out of.”
“This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ crowd and encourages victimhood,” she wrote.
Palin did say that police erred in arresting Mohamed before ultimately releasing him earlier this week, but then stated, “Why put more people against them? Why egg it on?”
She also accused Obama of playing “childish games” that have divided the country, “even more today than when he was elected.”
Obama weighed in on Mohamed’s arrest on Wednesday, saying, “Cool clock, Ahmed” and asking him to bring it to the White House. Later that day, the teen was invited to take a tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he has called his “dream school.”