Cleveland, which has thousands of Republicans, protestors and police converging in its congested downtown area, is especially on edge after the killing of police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning. President Obama's remarks later that day didn't particularly help.
Hours after three Baton Rouge police officers had been killed, and two others injured and one was clinging to life, Obama took to the podium in the White House to decry the attacks.
"Nothing justifies violence against law enforcement," he said. "Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible."
So far so good. But then Obama went on to blame "inflammatory rhetoric" and "careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda," and complained that "around-the-clock new cycles and social media (that) sometimes amplify these divisions," as do "political conventions."
The mainstream press, all gathered in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, took Obama's cue and started blathering on about how the GOP needs to tone down its rhetoric.
But it's not generic political rhetoric -- and most emphatically not Donald Trump's rhetoric -- that has fueled the spate of cop shootings. It is specifically anti-cop rhetoric, which has sought to portray police officers as inveterate racists who are randomly and wantonly killing innocent black people.
And it is this rhetoric that Obama himself has been aiding and abetting for years.
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