You would think that most of the Republican candidates for president would distance themselves from the racist, minatory Black Lives Matter movement. And, for the most part, you’d be right — with two major exceptions.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie both went on record this past week against those who would blame the heated rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement for the anti-police violence they’ve openly called for, instead touting their record of mollifying similar voices in their states.
“In Ohio, we try to bring community and police together, so that the community can understand that a policeman, a policewoman, needs to be able to go home at night to their family, their family waits in anticipation of them getting home,” Gov. Kasich said in a Wednesday interview with a New Hampshire television station.
“Secondly, we try to work with police to understand the concerns that exist in the community. So it has to be constant communication, but these kind of killings are just outrageous and the public’s outraged, I’m sure, across the board.”
Christie was even more blunt, saying that he dealt with complaints about police in the New Jersey city of Camden by firing the entire police force.
“I got together with the police chief, who is an African American, female Democrat,” Christie said at a town hall in New Hampshire Thursday. “We came up with the idea to fire the entire police force.”
When the new police force was hired, “We told them, you gotta act differently,” Gov. Christie said.
“You got to be part of the community. You’ve got to be out on the streets, riding bikes on the streets, talking to people, holding town meetings with folks in the neighborhood, to let people know: You’re there to help them.”
It’s becoming harder and harder to take Christie’s candidacy seriously. Once a favorite of the Republican establishment and a consternation to actual conservatives, the New Jersey governor’s candidacy has foundered so badly that we can safely tell you to insert your own pizza joke here and leave it at that.
Gov. Kasich’s rise through the polls, however, has been totally inexplicable. After the Aug. 6 GOP debate, where he was tossed softballs by the debate panel (and still managed to ground out every time), his numbers have continued to rise, especially among moderates.
However, his refusal to blame police violence on the rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement — blame, by the way, some members of it are more than willing to accept — should tell all true conservatives that this is just another watered-down Democrat trying to win the nomination on the specious quality of “electability.”