Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson says that "professional race-baiters" like some African-American lawmakers and President Barack Obama are making a mistake by injecting race into the death of Trayvon Martin.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum played clips of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) speaking out about racial profiling at a press conference on Tuesday before asking if Democratic lawmakers had gone too far.
"I used to cover crime," Carlson explained. "And the one thing you learn in covering specific crimes is you really don't know as much as you think you do."
"And so for people to weigh in, for professional race-baiters like the ones you just saw on television, and for the president himself to weigh in and make this a simple parable about white racism is very foolish because it may not turn out to bolster that accusation, for one. And for another, do you really want to have a conversation about who kills who in this country? Do you want to look at the statistics? This is not a conversation that political figures should be weighing in on at all."
Fox News contributor Alan Colmes interrupted to ask when President Barack Obama had weighed in and made the case about "white racism."
"The president stood up and said, this boy looks like my son would look," Carlson replied. "And that is clearly making the case that this boy was killed because the way he looks, and we don't know that all."
"Tucker, if we had a white president and a white boy had been shot and a white president had said that could have been my son, nobody would have said a word about it," Colmes pointed out. "The fact that Obama said this -- he took the exact right tone. He wasn't playing the race card at all."
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