CLEVELAND – In the eyes of Erin Swanson, a Texas delegate to the Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama bears blame for ambushes that killed police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“I think that Obama’s been one of the biggest instigators of stirring up the race-baiting and hatred toward law enforcement,” the Ted Cruz delegate said Monday in Cleveland. “Every now and then he says a few nice things, but he’s the one stirring it up and putting the safety of our law-enforcement officers in jeopardy.”
Other delegates weren’t as quick to blame Obama. “He’s not responsible, he’s just not taking a strong stance,” Kenneth Eaton of Tennessee said. But there’s a belief among Republicans across the ideological spectrum that Obama, and would-be successor Hillary Clinton, haven’t been tough enough against those who commit acts of violence at home and abroad.
And with “Making America Safe Again” the theme of Monday’s GOP convention session, Republicans say Americans’ fears about terrorist attacks and the shootings of police officers should work in Donald Trump’s favor.