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Lead story the president -- -- remarkably personal tone is there were some remarks about trade on Martin earlier today.
They're very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they are shopping -- department -- That includes me.
There for very very few African American -- -- of experience.
Walking across the street and hearing.
A lot split on the doors of cars.
To me at least before I was senator.
Well let's talk about the political fallout from his comments joining us now is mark had a democratic an analyst and former campaign -- for Barack Obama and John Kerry.
-- from DC Brad -- a Republican strategist mark let's start with you with the president's remarks appropriate today is this what a president should do inject himself into a local.
Criminal case I think the president was addressing something that a lot of Americans.
We're seeking some sort of explanation for.
I don't think it was so much a political commentary is making but I I know -- where where I was when I heard this verdict I was on this and small town where I grew up with spending time with my folks and people regardless of their political threats were flabbergasted -- this verdict so I think America's looking for an explanation here the president made it may be small step in the way to that explanation.
I think it's a great opportunity to talk about race relations in this country because race you know.
It's not that the president was making race an issue necessarily race is an issue and I think he was using his own personal experiences to illustrate.
That and and how we move America forward -- race is an issue in this country but race was not an issue.
In the trade on Martin case at least according to everyone who.
Took a good honest hard look at my question is would it have been better for the president to stand up and say.
Race was not an issue in the -- -- on Martin's case so we shouldn't bring bring an end to it but race is an issue in this country and let's talk about it.
There's no question about it governor and especially when the president knows that this weekend.
There -- marches plan.
And there's demonstrations planned over this verdict.
That are strictly.
Racially tone he knows that for -- -- so why in the world with a present then come out prior to these demonstrations.
And -- gas to a fire that should never been -- as you correctly pointed out there was not one scintilla of evidence.
Indeed -- -- at this trial.
That said that there was race as a motivation -- a matter of fact.
The only evidence of race being injected into this tragic event was from trade -- himself who called George Zimmerman a creepy ass cracker other than that there was -- How do you explain -- it's how do you explain that most Americans who are watching this case though proceed I mean in some cases when it comes to race relations perception is reality so.
I think to some extent.
No the Americans who were watching this trial the confrontation didn't you know people like us in the media talking about it we're talking about race and making that process is soared and so has not.
Perception is not reality and a quarter of law.
Fact and law right between the president criminal trial today -- the comments that defended and and and spoke highly of the judicial system in here.
He called he made sure that he included in his comments.
Called for peaceful protest -- wherever protest was going to happen.
It should never never checked himself to begin with this had nothing to do with -- race the president knows that there are demonstrations.
Happening this weekend and if anything the president -- -- -- cited any violence that takes place over this weekend.
By his comments rat race was somehow involved that's that's really convenient deserted as scapegoating the president for any kind of what -- should death should the president have tried to defuse the situation specifically -- to related to trade on -- Instead why would he bring that case -- a great opportunity to talk about racism but wouldn't it be great to deflected and rather than to play into that sentiment to you talked about -- why not.
Stand above it and say.
Folks the sentiment may be there but list tied to reality let's tied to facts are that's not a factor in the -- on -- case look I think the president.
Was channeling the anger and the frustration -- leaders is that a leader's role.
All of the -- of the African American community and was identifying with this is the tenacity of the role of leader to identify the high president of fear president anger and the frustration leads a kind of an articulate and you get an organizer he did -- it without sweeping it under the -- He can't confronted it head on these are complex issues and he did and a very sensitive and I think extremely appropriate way.
The president should -- in this speech the president should given the speech he gave today on the streets of Chicago.
We're black on black crime is an all time epidemic it was not the proper book remarks to make on the -- case because the facts don't bear out what the president spoke about today.
All right Brad mark appreciate both of you for being here thank you governor.
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