The killing of Michael Brown—an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer—has reignited the national discussion on race and law enforcement in this country. Brown’s death has led to increasingly tense demonstrations, with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. Stores were looted and at least one local business was set on fire. This being a major national news story, it makes perfect sense that the president would weigh in.
“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time,” President Obama said in a statement. “I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”
Pretty standard stuff. But at least one Fox News host found it within himself to feel outrage—not over the shooting death of an unarmed teen, but over the president’s statement. Todd Starnes (“Fox News Host. Heart Survivor. Writer of books. Lover of Sweet Tea. Southern.”) sent out the following tweets on Tuesday night: