Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera asserted on Tuesday that President Barack Obama should be focused on the “ghetto civil war” in black neighborhoods instead of trying to stop police brutality.
After President Barack Obama told NBC News that he was proud that his presidency had “helped to galvanize and mobilize America on behalf of issues of racial disparity and racial justice,” Fox News host Sean Hannity disagreed, arguing “just the opposite of what he said is true.”
“I, surprisingly, maybe agree with you,” Rivera replied. “I think the president has gotten involved in racial matters… only when the African-American person is portrayed as the victim, whether it’s Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown or any of the others.”
“He jumps in and the classic NAACP, ‘We are victims, woe is us, take care of this situation,'” he continued. “To me, the president has failed most profoundly in the area of race relations.”
“Yes, there is a terrible problem with police brutality, but it pales in comparison to the ghetto civil war that’s going on, this black-on-black violence is not to be ignored, it’s not to be minimized. And I have never seen the president get engaged when it’s an African-American killing another African-American or two gangs killing and an 8-year-old is killed in the crossfire.”
In fact, President Barack Obama highlighted the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in his 2013 State of the Union Address. Pendleton was killed after being mistaken for someone else during a fight between two rival gangs. Both Pendleton and the gang members were black.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told Hannity that the president was “delusional” if he thought he was improving race relations.
According to Clarke, the country had been gradually healing race relations since slavery until Obama turned back the clock.
“President Obama came along with sandpaper, rubbed it raw and then poured salt in it to inflame it for political gain,” the sheriff opined.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Nov. 5, 2015.