Charles Krauthammer on Friday blasted President Barack Obama for what he said was re-injecting racial controversy into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Krauthammer called Obama’s surprise remarks on race and Martin’s death “a political speech addressed to his constituency on the left” that was disguised as a “philosophical speech addressed to the whole nation.”
“Look, I gave him and [Attorney General Eric] Holder credit all week for trying to de-racialize the issue. And what Obama did, I think, unfortunately, today is to re-racialize it,” Krauthammer said on Fox News. “The first statement he issued after the verdict…was to talk about we have to honor what the jury decided and then he spoke about helping our communities helping our neighbors and gun control. But it wasn’t about race…but Obama re-injected it [Friday].”
Krauthammer theorized that the main purpose of Obama’s remarks was to serve as a “rhetorical fog” or “compensation” for the likelihood that the Justice Department won’t have a federal case against George Zimmerman.
Krauthammer had previously said Obama “acted responsibly” in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal.
Fellow Fox News commentator Juan Williams also criticized Obama’s remarks Friday, saying he was running the risk that he would “stoke racial tension.”
(H/T: National Review)