I’m sure you’ve read the news and analysis regarding Obama’s “hey, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” (if Obama was in to street fighting, marijuana, illegal guns, taking naked pictures of underage girls, and taking drugs like DMX and Lean) comment, unsurprisingly making the issue about himself, along with all the race baiting and ignoring the facts of the case. Here’s Senator Cruz in response
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday slammed President Barack Obama after his remarks about Trayvon Martin, saying the president has a “disregard for the Bill of Rights.”
“It is not surprising that the president uses it seems every opportunity he can to try to go after our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said on CNN. “I think it is unfortunate that this president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights.”
According to the White House transcript, here’s what PBO said
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
If Trayvon thought he was in danger from Zimmerman and Zimmerman was confronting Trayvon, yes, he could stand his ground, if the Florida statute was met
A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
Democrats like Obama want to take the notion of self defense away from citizens (but not for themselves, of course). And then there’s the pesky little reality that stand your ground had nothing to do with the trial. Zimmerman waived having a stand your ground hearing, because it became pure self defense when Trayvon attacked Zimmerman first and had him on the ground pummeling George.
Most of the rest was shameless pandering based on Obama’s typical me me me mode. It was pathetic, unpresidential, and took the side of one citizen (Trayvon) over another’s (Zimmerman), the latter having been acquitted by a duly empaneled jury. Any violence against Zimmerman or through riots is now on Obama. Instead of fomenting peace and coming together, Obama stoked the fire even more.
And he used the comment to push for more gun control. The man is shameless.