- President Donald Trump compared police officers who use excessive force to golfers who “choke” on important strokes.
- Speaking to Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham, he said on Monday night, “You choke. Just like at a golf tournament, you miss a 3-foot putt.”
- Trump spoke after the police shots of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last week.
- Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday afternoon despite local officials asking him not to.
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President Donald Trump compared police officers using excessive force to golfers “choking”
Trump made the comparison on Fox News the night before he was due to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the police shots of Jacob Blake.
In an interview with Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham on Monday night, he said of police officers: “They suffocate. Just like at a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foot putt.”
Ingraham interjected and said, “You don’t compare it to golf, because of course the media would say that.”
You can see the exchange here:
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Trump continued, “I say people are choking. People are choking. And people are bad people. They both have. They have some bad people, and they are choking.”
He added, “You could be a cop for 15 years and suddenly you face it. You have a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don’t make the decision – and you are wrong – you are dead. People are suffocating under these circumstances and make a bad decision. “
At the beginning of the interview, Trump described a process that would result in an officer shooting someone.
“They can do 10,000 great acts, whatever they do, and a bad apple – or a choker,” he said. “You know a choker. You choke.”
Wisconsin Justice Department investigators say Blake had a knife in his car and opened the car door when he was shot seven times in the back. They also said a previous attempt to stop Blake with a taser didn’t work.
His family lawyer said Blake was left paralyzed from the wounds below the waist.
“Shoot that guy, shoot that guy in the back many times, I mean, couldn’t you have done something else?” Said Trump. “Couldn’t you have wrestled with him?”
A witness who recorded the moment a police officer shot Blake said he saw police first struggle, beat and shoot Blake with a stun gun.
Trump will visit Kenosha on Tuesday after protests and widespread damage caused by Blake’s gunfire.
Trump told reporters on Monday that he would not meet with Blake’s family during his visit.
He is expected to meet with law enforcement and report property damage that has occurred in the riots since Blake’s shooting.
Governor Tony Evers had urged Trump to “reconsider” his visit to Kenosha, saying he was concerned that Trump’s “presence would only hinder our healing.”
John Antaramian, Kenosha’s mayor, had said he would prefer Trump not to visit.