During a White House press conference on Monday, press secretary Josh Earnest announced that when President Barack Obama visits the memorial service for the fallen Dallas police officers, he will also address the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
The president was scheduled to speak at the memorial to honor the five dead officers and the others who were shot by gunman Micah Johnson. Johnson had claimed he was inspired by the deaths of Castile and Sterling.
According to The Washington Times, Earnest told reporters that the president “recognizes that it’s not just people in Dallas who are grieving.”
“It’s people all across the country who are concerned about the violence that so many Americans have witnessed in the last week or so,” Earnest continued. “This is violence that we’ve been witnessing not just in the last week, but far too often over the last several years. And I think many Americans are troubled by it.”
There seem to be very few venues where President Obama can be trusted not to inject his worldview into the proceedings. We remember that in the aftermath of the Dallas shootings, the president offered perfunctory praise for the police officers while continuing to push for his gun control agenda.
This time, he’s not just going to call for gun control, at least by the sound of what the White House is saying. He’s going to call for police control as well.