Elizabeth Warren faced the following question at a town hall Thursday:
As a young American of color, your recent comments that you made a new Orleans are just a little bit concerning to me. You said that the justice system . . . is racist from front to back. I’m just concerned that your rhetoric there is inciting some of the division that you claim that the president is [inciting].
You’re darn right he should be concerned. Not only does this spark division, but when a leading potential presidential candidate, for her own political benefit and demagogic purposes, says the justice system is systematically working against minorities, it undermines the rule of law.
She knows this. She’s a former Harvard Law professor. That’s why she seems so defensive in her answer:
The racial division in this country existed long before President Trump. It was perpetuated by the outcry over the relatively rare instances of racist police brutality against minorities. Over a few high-profile examples, we have reintroduced the racial division in this country that was healing with the election of Obama.
The only thing I got excited about with respect to Obama’s election was that he was black, which indicated the progress this country has made. He quickly got to work undoing the unity his own election had fostered.
From a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on the reasons for Chicago’s unfettered violence:
Police morale is poor. Officers told me in interviews they are afraid of doing their best in a tough situation and then losing their jobs after lawyers second-guess them based on footage recorded by their new body cameras.
Here’s another angle: