Politics

Former Rep. Joe Walsh Threatens Obama for Dallas Shootings

Initially tweets 'Watch Out Obama' before deleting it

Joe Walsh, who served one term in Congress blamed President Barack Obama and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for the attack on police in Dallas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh blamed President Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters for the shooting of 12 police officers at a protest in Dallas Thursday.  

Five officers were killed and and seven others and two bystanders were wounded when gunmen ambushed police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest.  

Walsh, now a conservative talk radio host, tweeted "This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out Black Lives Matter punks. Real America is coming after you."  

He later deleted the tweet before continuing with a stream of criticisms.

The attack followed the high-profile police shootings of two black men in two separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota. The first occurrence and the aftermath of the second were both caught on video.  

Walsh was elected in the tea party wave of 2010 by a narrow margin over three-term Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean, but was defeated two years later in a redrawn district by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who is now running for Senate.  

Obama, speaking Friday from the NATO summit in Poland, called the shootings “vicious, calculated and despicable."

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