The reaction to the tweet was an immediate mix of shock and outrage as Twitter users assailed Walsh for openly threatening the president and for the racially charged nature of the tweet.
Others accused him of intentionally trying to start a race war.
The scene in Dallas where 12 police officers were shot, 5 killed during demonstrations
Walsh’s deleted tweet was not the only one in which he took aim at Obama. After deleting the tweet, Walsh returned to Twitter to respond to the accusations that he was trying to incite a race war. He then blamed Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters for the deaths of the Dallas police officers.
At one point, he called for Black Lives Matter to be classified as a “hate group.”
“When people say black lives matter, that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter,” he said. “It just means all lives matter. . . . This isn’t a matter of comparing the value of lives.”
In other tweets that remain on his profile, Walsh called on “patriotic Americans to stand up & stand against all the Cop haters” — including the president and “uneducated black thugs.”
And Walsh’s tweets kept coming, even after Dallas police officials said repeatedly that while they had certain suspects in custody, they did not know why the shootings had taken place. On Friday morning, Walsh was defending not only his earlier tweets but also his right to jump to conclusions about who was responsible and why.
Incidentally, the LGBT community and Muslims also got some of Walsh’s Twitter ire.
Many wondered whether Walsh’s tweets should have consequences — though they doubted there would be any.
And many more wished Twitter would just ignore him.