In the face of unspeakable tragedy, Dallas Police Chief David Brown has won over the country with his grace, passion and gentle humor.
Now Twitter wants him to run for president.
During a news conference late Monday morning, Brown fielded questions for nearly an hour, admitting he was so exhausted — “running on fumes” — that he was having trouble remembering things. He said he was hugging officers whenever he could. He gave blunt answers to questions about race: “I’ve been black a long time, man.”
And he spoke about his officers living on crummy salaries ($44,000 to start in Dallas) while society placed more and more burdens on them: drug addiction, failures in mental health treatment, even stray dogs.
The nomination process immediately commenced.
There was this Lady Gaga tweet and reply:
— Catherine Pasquale (@Mamapas) July 11, 2016
His delegates piled up.
.@DPDChief I'm torn between "David Brown for president" and not wanting you to leave Dallas.
— Rebecca Stevenson (@becki_stevenson) July 11, 2016
I nominate Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, for President.
That is one good dude.
— Adam Legas (@Adam_Legas) July 11, 2016
So wish we had a voice like Dallas Police Chief David Brown running for president. Wisdom and Integrity in the time of crisis.
— Deanna (@ldgermany312) July 11, 2016
Dallas Police Chief David Brown for President. Of anything.
— karey mackin (@mackinink) July 11, 2016
His support seemed bipartisan:
I'd like to officially nominate Dallas Police Chief David Brown as the Republican AND Democratic candidate for President.
— Conspiracy Quean (@ConspiracyQuean) July 11, 2016
Even political commentators and reporters got behind the idea:
David Brown for President
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) July 11, 2016
David Brown for president
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 11, 2016
Brown certainly has a compelling life story to tell from the stump. His brother, son and former partner have been killed. He knows what victims go through. And he knows how to lead.
“There are some people who would just shut down, and they would have others conducting the interviews,” Keith Humphrey, the police chief of Norman, Okla., told my colleague Theresa Vargas. “But that is not David. He realized the community wants to hear from him. The nation wants to hear from him.”
And he was brutally honest about what people could do to help.
“Get off that protest line,” he said, “and put an application in.”
I would vote for Chief David Brown for president. This man GETS IT.
— Parker G. (@Parkabba) July 11, 2016