PRESIDENT Donald Trump has compared “bad cops” to golfers who “choke and miss a three-foot putt” amid the unrest following the shootings of Jacob Blake and George Floyd.
Speaking to Fox News host Laura Ingraham in an interview that aired on Monday, Trump said that police officers are in a tough position because they have to make quick decisions.
"They choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt," the president said.
Ingraham was quick to interject: "You're not comparing it to golf.”
“Because of course that's what the media would say. People make, people panic,” she added.
But Trump continued, saying that “people choke. People choke. And people are bad people. You have both. You have some bad people, and they choke.”
"You could be a police officer for 15 years and all of a sudden you're confronted,” he said. “You've got a quarter of a second to make a decision.
“If you don't make the decision, and you're wrong, you're dead. People choke under those circumstances, and they make a bad decision."
“I've seen bad decisions of people that, it looked bad, but probably it was a choke,” Trump told Ingraham.
“But you also have bad police, but you also, the vast, not only the vast majority, but thousands and thousands of great acts, and you make the evening news for weeks.”
Trump’s comments follow weeks of unrest across the US following Blake’s police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23.
Blake, 29, was shot at least seven times – while his three young sons watched from the back seat of his vehicle – and has been left paralyzed.
Bystanders have said Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women, but police have claimed they tried to subdue him was a Taser and discovered a knife in his car.
Trump said on Fox News: "I mean, couldn't you have done something different?"
"Couldn't you have wrestled him? You know, I mean, in the meantime, he might've been going for a weapon. And you know there's a whole big thing there.
“But they choke, just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt.”
State authorities said Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, shot Blake.
They said two other officers, Brittany Meronek and Vincent Arenas, were also involved in Blake’s shooting; all three have since been placed on administrative leave.
In Minnesota, George Floyd died after white former cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for close to nine minutes on May 25, despite repeatedly saying: “I can’t breathe.”
Floyd, a 46-year-old an unarmed black man, was accused of triyng to use a fake $20 bill when the four officers approved him outside of a deli in Minneapolis.
Trump condemned Floyd’s death earlier this summer, calling it a “grave tragedy.”
All four officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired – and Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The other three cops, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng, are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement officials, despite Wisconsin Governor Tom Evers, a Democrat, asking him to “reconsider” his trip.
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