Former NY Governor Pataki Has Strong Words for President Obama
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was joined recently on her program The Kelly File by former New York Governor George Pataki. Pataki expressed his distress that President Obama had not taken a stronger stand against anti-police violence in the wake of the murder of two NYPD officers.
Fox News reports:
Former New York Governor George Pataki joined Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” tonight and said that Obama should do more than issue a written response.
“He should be out there expressing his outrage and expressing his support for police,” Pataki said, adding that he’s not surprised the president hasn’t interrupted his Hawaiian vacation.
Pataki asserted that Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have long been anti-police, so the lack of a response is no surprise.
“There’s only one person responsible for the death of these two police officers, and that’s the barbarian who pulled the trigger,” Pataki said. “But what has happened is a climate has been created over the last two years where what was one of the most revered institutions in America, the NYPD, for political reasons has been demonized.”
Pataki said that Holder and de Blasio helped create that climate, and he called out the mayor for not condemning anti-police protesters in New York City who called for “dead cops.”
“This rhetoric that was used against [police], those demonstrators calling for them to be killed created that climate where a crazy, mad person like the one who pulled the trigger could do this.”
A number of public figures have been galvanized by the murders of Officers Ramos and Liu. Figures as diverse a former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Patrick Lynch, head of the police union; and actor James Woods have publicly blamed Obama, current New York Mayor Bill di Blasio, and Al Sharpton for contributing to an atmosphere of antagonism for the police.