Ahead of his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, President Donald Trump was on a discussion with Fox News on Jacob Blake shooting. President Donald Trump quoted that some officers who were shooting suspects ‘choke.’ This is nothing but as players miss a 3-foot putt in gold. Later the comment drew the highest mockery and criticism social media. Jacob Blake, a Black man, was trying to enter a vehicle in the incident was shot seven times at his back, and this was caught on video. All around the country, the same shooting created a new wave of protests, and the complaint was entirely around police brutality along with racial discrimination.
Trump was on a discussion about the current situation in Kenosha. It was on a White House news briefing, and he was in the mid of debate about the shooting and recent protests. President Trump quotes, “Sometimes an officer “makes a mistake” or “chokes” under pressure.” Later he even tried to elaborate on his point. On Monday, when he was part of “The Ingraham Angle” an interview on Fox News, he attempted to elaborate his statement. During the same interview, he quoted,
“Police are ‘under siege.’”Mr. Trump was giving an interview to host Laura Ingraham, and he said, “They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple – or a choker, you know, a choker, they choke – shooting the guy in the back many times.”
In the interview, he also asked, “I mean, couldn’t you have done something differently? Couldn’t you have wrestled him?” Was he also wondering that was there any way to avoid that tragedy? He also added, “You know, I mean, in the meantime, he might have been going for a weapon, and, you know, there’s a whole big thing there.”But they choke, just like in a golf tournament; they miss a 3-foot putt.” He quoted this to the interviewer Ingraham, one of his staunchest supporters present on news media.
Ingraham replied, “You’re not comparing it to golf, because that’s what the media would say.”
But President Trump replied, “No, I’m saying people choke. People choke. And people are bad people. You have both,” “You have some bad people, and you have – they choke. You could be a police officer for 15 years, and, all of a sudden, you’re confronted. You’ve got a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don’t make the decision and you’re wrong, you’re dead.”
Trump was filled with schedules to travel to Kenosha, and it was planned on Tuesday. He had plans to meet law enforcement officials. There was also a plan was about to conduct survey damage from the demonstrations. Kayleigh McEnany, who is the White House Press Secretary, reacted. “President Trump has plans to visit Kenosha, and he is looking forward to speaking directly to the residents of Kenosha, and he is planning on “unifying the state.”
John Antaramian, Kenosha Mayor, and Tony Evers, Wisconsin Gov., both democrats, requested President Trump not to come. Their reason behind refusal was, Trump’s visit may hurt the community’s effort towards healing. More than that, they may require redirecting extra resources towards securing his visit. The majority of the people expressed outrage and shock for Trump’s comparison between a golfer missing a short putt and the shooting where Jacob Blake paralyzed. This was like Ingraham’s prediction coming to reality.
Soon after the interview, Deputy Director of the digital team for the Human Rights Campaign, Jim Murphy responded, “Disgusting. Trump compares police shooting a Black man in the back seven times to a golfer who misses a 3-foot putt.” Apart from this, several others on social media used the dark humor in response to and to mock Trump’s comment. There was a tweet on the same by Robert Maguire. The government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s research director Robert tweeted, “I’ll never forget my worst round of golf. I was under a lot of pressure, and on the 15th hole, on what should have been an easy putt for birdie, I choked and shot someone seven times in the back.”
Charles Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, also replied, “You know things are bad when Laura Ingraham has to save President Trump from saying stupid things.” It was an hour-long interview with President Trump and Ingraham asked, “It’s more dangerous to be a police officer today, do you not think than it has been a long time?”
For the same question, Trump’s reply was, “The police are under siege. They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple or a choker — a joker — they choke.” Trump was trolled for the same comment where he made a comparison between police shooting and golf choke.
Jacob Blake was shot seven times, and the same shooting brought the entire nation’s spotlight right on Wisconsin. The incident also triggered a series of violence as well as peaceful protests. Soon after the shooting, Jacob Blake was paralyzed, and his family revealed that he is recovering in a Milwaukee hospital. Based on the report by City officials, they identified Rusten Sheskey as the police officer who shot Jacob Blake. In the meantime, the Kenosha police union also responded that Jacob Blake was carrying a knife, and Jacob was fighting with officials before the incident. As per State investigators, only those officers were able to find a knife fell on the floor of the car.
Jacob Blake shot by police officer Rusten Sheskey seven times at his back, and he was immediately paralyzed. Wisconsin drew the entire nation’s attention, and there are plenty of peaceful protests going on against police brutality. Some protests were also mainly in response to racial discrimination, rather than police brutality. Apart from these, Trump’s quoted, “The police are under siege. They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple or a choker — a joker — they choke.” The comparison led to a social media troll on him.