We all know Donald Trump is the smartest, most popular, bestest, greatest president — and person — ever.
What we did not know is he is also fancies himself a comedian — or at least that is what White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is claiming now that one of Trump’s “jokes” has law enforcement across the nation turning against the president.
During a speech to law enforcement Friday in New York, Trump told officers to be a little more “rough” with suspects — or “animals” as he calls them — and to not “be too nice.”
“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said as he demonstrated the motion. “ And they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?' “
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To Trump’s surprise and dismay, his comments have mostly been rebuked by police. So now the line is he was just joking, like he was when he encouraged his supporters to “beat the crap out of” protestors at his campaign rallies.
Many in the law enforcement community did not find the “joke” funny at all.
The police department in Suffolk County, N.Y., issued a statement: “As a department, we do not and will not tolerate ‘rough(ing)' up prisoners.”
The spokesman for the Gainesville, Fla., police department tweeted: “I’m a cop. I do not agree with or condone @POTUS remarks today on police brutality. Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed.”
And New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill released a statement: To “suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public.”
Violence by police is not a joke, as law enforcement knows well after numerous high-profile incidents involving what appear to be officers using excessive, often deadly, force. Most departments across the nation are working tirelessly to promote better relationships with their communities – and our comedian in chief is only undermining those efforts.
The biggest joke right now is Trump’s presidency, and unfortunately that one is not the least bit funny either.