White House Uses “Just Joking” Defense For Trump’s Police Brutality Comments

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August 1st, 2017 – The White House is falling back on a familiar defense after President Trump encouraged police officers to rough people up during arrests. Newly appointed press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was probably joking when he made the controversial comments to a group of police officers in Suffolk County Community College in New York.

Speaking to the crowd last Friday, Trump’s comments remained in the headlines throughout the weekend despite many breaking stories of administration shake-ups. The president was at the rally to discuss how the federal government will address the MS-13 gang as part of his mission to restore law and order.

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,'” Trump said. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?'”

During an on-camera press briefing Monday, Sanders was asked for clarification on those statements.

“I believe he was making a joke at the time,” she briefly replied. 

The crowd in New York seemed to find it amusing as laughs and cheers erupted following the comments. Police departments around the country, however, had to follow the example of other organizations needing to distance themselves from the president following problematic musings.

Many police departments took to Twitter to release official statements rebuking the allowance of police brutality during arrests.

This morning it was released that DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg sent an email to agents over the weekend to express his opposition to the president’s directives.

“In writing to you, I seek to advance no political, partisan, or personal agenda. Nor do I believe that a Special Agent or Task Force Officer of the DEA would mistreat a defendant. I know that you would not,” he wrote in part. “I write because we have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong. That’s what law enforcement officers do. That’s what you do. We fix stuff. At least, we try.”

The Blue Lives Matter Twitter account has backed the position of the White House saying Trump was just kidding around.

CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to push back on Sanders by asking why the president thinks police brutality is something to joke about. His last-second question went unanswered as Sanders walked out of the briefing room on Monday.

During today’s press briefing Sanders again push backed on questions about the incident saying President Trump’s comments were not “directives” but simply “jokes.”

Do you agree with the Trump administration that the president was just joking about roughing up suspects? If so, was it FUNNY or OFFENSIVE? Vote and comment now…

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