David Axelrod has long been one of the conservative media’s favorite whipping boys — a role that’s been reprised again and again throughout the public debate over police brutality in the aftermath of Eric Garner and Michael Brown’s deaths. In the face of Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s killing of two NYPD officers, David certainly hasn’t shied away from speaking out. Axelrod took to his Twitter following the incident to urge the public not to allow the incident to distract from the problem of police brutality.
Murder of NYC cops was sickening. But union’s hit on @BilldeBlasio for addressing chasm between police & community only feeds tragic cycle.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 21, 2014
David’s commentary was in reference to the position of Pat Lynch, the president of New York City’s largest police union — the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Lynch’s official statement put blame for the attack on to the hands of NYC’s Mayor de Blasio and others, like Axelrod, who he saw as unsupportive of police in the face of the recent wave of protests, reported Think Progress.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight… those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest to try to tear down what New York City police officers do every day. We tried to warn it must not go on; it cannot be tolerated. That blood starts at the steps of City Hall in the officer of the mayor.”
David has since been called out by conservative site Twitchy for his comments. The site had some choice descriptors for Axelrod, in an article they published rounding up some of the most negative of the public’s reaction to his defense of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Democrat party hack and known internet klutz David Axelrod is at it again. This time he’s deflecting the murder of two police officers in order to point out the real problem … politically attacking New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.”
Several others were in line with Twitchy’s negative response to David’s comments. Many saw Axelrod’s tweet as apologetic for what they saw as race-baiting comments from Mayor de Blasio.
— #MakeDCListen™ (@RickCanton) December 21, 2014
That’s not to say that David was without his defenders. One former officer even said that Axelrod and similar detractors were right on target.
— T (@southerntalker) December 21, 2014
Do you side with David Axelrod or Pat Lynch in the NYC cop killing fallout?
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