A former Illinois Congressman turned talk show host has set off a firestorm with an incendiary tweet in the wake of the shooting deaths of four Dallas Police Officers during a Black Lives Matter protest Thursday night.
Joe Walsh, who served in Congress from 2011-2013 and now hosts a conservative talk radio show, fired off a series of tweets after four police officers were killed and as many as 10 others injured when a gunman or gunmen opened fire during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest as it made its way through downtown Dallas.
One of the early tweets said:
"This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you."
The tweet was later deleted but Walsh continued to comment on the Dallas situation:
Cops trying to do their job are killed in the streets. Narrative turns to action. This is a dangerous time.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016
Multiple Cops shot at in Dallas at a #BLM protest.
Blood on your hands MN Gov Dayton. Blood on your hands Obama. https://t.co/Iz8Cu81BLN— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016
Social media users blasted Walsh's comments and he later attempted to clarify his statements:
Obama says Cops are racist so 2 uneducated black thugs shoot 10 Dallas Cops tonight, killing 4.
Wake up silent majority. Stand w our Cops.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016
I wasn't calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama's words & BLM's deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016