Bernie Sanders’ Cowardly Response on the Murder of Deputy Goforth (Deconstructed)


Batty Bernie strikes again.

Background: On the evening of 28 August 2015, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was pumping gas at a Chevron station Northwest of Houston at about 8:30 p.m.  According to a 29 August 2015 article in the Houston Chronicle, Shannon Miles walked up behind the deputy and shot him multiple times. Deputy Goforth died at the scene.

 The Full Interchange

On the 30 August 2015 airing of CNN’s State of the Union, Bernie Sanders continued to kowtow to the “Black Lives Matter” crowd.

TAPPER: I want to ask you about a story unfolding in the news right now. A deputy sheriff was gunned down at a gas station in Texas. Police have charged an African-American man with his murder, saying the officer was targeted because he was wearing his law enforcement uniform. Take a listen to what the sheriff had to say.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RON HICKMAN, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, SHERIFF: This rhetoric has gotten out of control. We have heard black lives matter, all lives matter. Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and just say lives matter and take that to the bank?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

TAPPER: What do you think of that, Senator Sanders? Is the sheriff right?

SANDERS: Well, I think…

TAPPER: Has the rhetoric gotten too hot?

SANDERS: Well, this is what I think. Obviously, it is an outrage that this police officer was basically assassinated. Other police officers have been killed. I worked with police officers when I was mayor of the city of Burlington. They have a very, very difficult job. And we need to make sure that we have the best-trained, best-paid police departments in the world. And, as president, I would help bring that about, community policing and so forth.

On the other hand, what we also have to understand, it is not acceptable in this country when unarmed black people get dragged out of cars or get shot. That is happening too often. So, in my view, we need major reforms of our criminal justice system, which, by the way, Jake, means that our police officers are better paid, are better trained, and we end this absurdity in America of having more people in jail than any other major country on earth, including China.

So, criminal justice reform, criminal justice reform is a big issue for me, and making sure that we have the best police departments throughout this country is something we have got to make happen.

The Deconstruction

TAPPER: Has the rhetoric gotten too hot?

SANDERS: Well, this is what I think. Obviously, it is an outrage that this police officer was basically assassinated.

First, notice that Bernie did not answer the question.  As with his speech in Seattle where he allowed Black Lives Matter representatives to take over his podium, Bernie will not risk insulting a group that even some Blacks are calling to be denounced.

Second, he distracts Tapper and other Democrats by stating the obvious regarding the “basic” murder of a law officer.

SANDERS: … Other police officers have been killed. I worked with police officers when I was mayor of the city of Burlington.

Now, Bernie starts by devaluing the lives of all officers.  “Other police officers have been killed” (but it really does not matter to my presidency).  “I have worked with police officers when I was mayor of the city of Burlington” (but that is not what I want to talk about).

SANDERS: … They have a very, very difficult job. And we need to make sure that we have the best-trained, best-paid police departments in the world. And, as president, I would help bring that about, community policing and so forth.

The “They have a very, very difficult job” is another statement of the obvious that Bernie wants to gloss over as he makes his way to the real subject.

The “And we need to make sure that we have the best-trained, best-paid police departments in the world” may either be a bone for the “Black Lives Matter” crowd (suggesting the cops are killing Blacks because the cops are untrained). Otherwise, it may be a bone for police departments (promising training money for all police departments).

Nonetheless, his statement “as president, I would help bring that about, community policing and so forth” proves that this is not even important enough of a problem to finish the idea (and so forth).

SANDERS: … On the other hand, what we also have to understand, it is not acceptable in this country when unarmed black people get dragged out of cars or get shot. That is happening too often.

According to the National Review:

“The Washington Post compiled data on police shootings and determined that 652 people have been shot dead by police so far this year; 24 were black and unarmed.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 82 police officers have died in the line of duty this year, although that figure includes three from ‘9/11 related illness’, 13 heart attacks, one fall and several characterized as ‘accident.’  ”

I will agree that 24 unarmed people being killed is 24 too many, but do the 82 police killed in the line of duty count?  Do the 628 other unarmed people amount to anything?  Since we do not know the backgrounds that led to these deaths, little can be said in specific.  Many of these may have been killed while trying to use vehicles as weapons.  Others may have been close to another criminal who was firing on police.  However, since police are in the business of serving and protecting, the chances that the police died while trying to protect others is exponentially greater.

SANDERS:  … So, in my view, we need major reforms of our criminal justice system, which, by the way, Jake, means that our police officers are better paid, are better trained, …

This sounds like a bone being thrown to police departments.

SANDERS:  … and we end this absurdity in America of having more people in jail than any other major country on earth, including China.

Based on the fact that our current President opened the jailhouse doors when too many illegal immigrants had flooded our jails and opened Gitmo whenever he felt the need to release 5 or so enemy combatants, does this mean that Sanders will senselessly open jail doors?

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