Congressman Hurt, a third term Republican representing Virginia’s 5th district, said President Obama is guilty of “fanning the flames” that led to the killing of 5 police officers last week in Dallas.
Hurt is not running for re-election.
Hurt said these things in an interview on John Fredericks’ radio show on Monday. John Fredericks is a conservative radio talk show host and the co-chair of Trump’s Virginia campaign.
“This president over his eight years, strictly in my opinion for political purposes, to misuse that history in a way to promote his own political agenda, I just think it’s wrong, I think it’s despicable frankly,” Hurt said. “Now we’re seeing him reap what he has sowed.”
Hurt thinks our society has made great strides in reducing racism in our country compared to his grandparents day:
“(Obama)tosses all that aside and pretends that we have all of this horrible racial strife where frankly it’s hard for me to see that we have it, certainly to the degree that he suggests,” he said. “He has fanned these flames.”
Hurts remarks were similar to those made by Prince William County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart who is also a candidate for Governor in 2017. Stewart blamed Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Ralph Northam, for the Dallas shootings.