On his radio show on Friday afternoon, conservative commentator Sean Hannity questioned President Barack Obama’s remarks about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial verdict early in the day at the White House Press Briefing.
Hannity said that when these “conversations” are held about race, as Obama had suggested, they sometimes tend to do more harm than good.
“Obama also said, you know, there’s been talk that we should convene a conversation on race,” Hannity said. “I haven’t seen that to be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up stilted and politicized and folks are locked into the positions that they already have.”
Hannity argued that seems to be the case in the so-called conversations about race going on now after Zimmerman’s acquittal.
“It seems that the politicizing of these things — that kind of fits exactly what many people now, politicians and others are now doing,” he continued. “They make up their own facts about the case. They don’t care about the evidence presented. None of them seem to know what the law of Florida is or the facts of the case or the circumstances involving this. And they don’t seem to want to know. You know the politician who has, you know who is quick to stick his nose in all of this first — you know ‘the police who acted stupidly.’”
But there was one statement in Obama’s remarks that drew curiosity from Hannity— Obama’s statement that 35 years ago, he could have been Trayvon Martin, to which Hannity suggested that could even mean Martin’s known drug use.
“’You know if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,’” Hannity continued. “Now the president is saying, ‘Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago.’ This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting because, what, he was part of the choom gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow? I’m not sure how to interpret that because we know Trayvon had been smoking pot that night. I’m not sure what that means.”