One of the Biggest Republican Racial Slanders Against President Obama was Just Debunked

If you listen to Republicans, many will claim that President Obama has been one of the most “divisive presidents in our nation’s history.” Yes, the party with people who, to this day, still publicly doubt his faith, have questioned his citizenship and have said he hates white people, thinks he’s been the one dividing people.

Then let’s not forget that this is the party that has Donald Trump as its presumptive nominee; the guy who’s gone out of his way to vilify just about every minority group in this country, much to the delight of millions of Republican voters.

But, yes, it’s President Obama who’s the one dividing people.

With that said, it’s not shocking that many on the right have blamed the president for a lot of the increased hostility some Americans feel toward members of our law enforcement. That shouldn’t really be surprising to anyone; Republicans have proven over the last eight years that they’ll blame basically anything negative on this president — even things that happen in other countries.

Following the recent tragedy in Dallas, it didn’t take long before many on the right began to say how terrible President Obama has been for police officers and how his “lack of support” has led to more officers being killed in the line of duty.

Of course, that’s not true — not even close.

In fact, during his time in office, we’ve seen the fewest officers killed in the line of duty of any president for the last 35 years.

Data from Officers Down Memorial (a site that tracks fatalities of members of law enforcement) has these yearly averages of how many officers were intentionally killed during the terms of each of the last five presidents spanning back to Ronald Reagan:

  • Ronald Reagan: 101
  • George H.W. Bush: 90
  • Bill Clinton: 81
  • George W. Bush: 72
  • Barack Obama: 62

There’s really no way for anti-Obama people who want to believe that something he’s doing is leading to more police officers being killed, to rationally or accurately claim so based on this data taken by a non-partisan organization solely dedicated to honoring fallen officers.

Normally at this point I would write a paragraph or two breaking down the information and explaining why Republicans are full of crap in trying to blame something on President Obama — but I don’t have to. There’s nothing convoluted about this information that needs to be explained, broken down or analyzed — and it’s indisputable.

Of the last five presidents, we’ve seen the fewest number of police officers intentionally killed in the line of duty during President Obama’s time in office. That means this nonsense from the right that this president has said and done things that have led to more officers being killed is flat-out absurd.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • reginald wilson

    Blaming President Obama for everything bad that happens in the world has been the tactic of the Right since he came into office. One would think they might have tired of those lies by now, but no such luck. Most of these lies are perpetrated by Fox News and other Conservative and GOP outlets. But more recently CNN and MSNBC has gone bat-shit right-wing crazy.

    • Mark Allen

      Maybe, just maybe, they are telling the truth. And maybe you’ve been lied to by obama.

      • markpkessinger

        And maybe you should back up your allegations with facts, or else STFU.

      • noah vail

        the only one here that needs to STFU is you. mark…take your racist crap elsewhere…the only thin you have to complain about is that your mommy didn’t let you suck her tit long enough…typical repukelican cry baby…

      • strabbit

        You realize that the mark you actually replied to was telling the mark you intended to reply to, to STFU, right?

      • Curt

        How’s that racist Kool-aid taste?

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      • Progressive Republican

        Maybe they are ‘telling the truth’, but probably not.

      • 1Smith1

        Nope mark allen, the right-wing is not telling the truth. How silly of you to even entertain the thought that they even know how to tell the truth.

  • Sue

    You have no facts. Only bias and lies.

    • Eg Kbbs

      Uh, you’re aware that the Trump speeches are easily found on youtube ????

    • Progressive Republican

      Ya got that pointing the wrong way.

  • Edward Krebbs

    I assume you’ve seen ?yesterday? that the gov of ?OK? has announced that Trump is uniting the country ?

  • Woodrow_Plant

    From her newly released book, ‘The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe’, Heather Mac Donald writes:

    “‘On November 24, 2014, President Obama betrayed the nation. Even as he went on national television to respond to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the looting and arson that had followed Brown’s shooting in August were being reprised, destroying businesses and livelihoods over the next several hours. Obama had one job and one job only in his address that day: to defend the workings of the criminal-justice system and the rule of law. Instead, he turned his talk into a primer on police racism and criminal-justice bias. In so doing, he perverted his role as the leader of all Americans and as the country’s most visible symbol of the primacy of the law.”

    “… the leader of all Americans …” yeah, right. The willful deniers who put him in office twice must be so proud. /sarc The obvious chip on President Obama’s shoulder has seriously damaged any hope for changing how his legacy.will be regarded. On the heels of three more dead policemen, this time in Baton Rouge, LA, and after five in Dallas the week previous, his legacy is an utter and total failure.