On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked whether the White House was willing to condemn the racist murder of 66 year old New Yorker Timothy Caughman as a hate crime. The accused murderer, 28 year old Harris Jackson, was not shy about his motives, reportedly telling police: “‘I’ve hated black men since I was a kid. I’ve had these feelings since I was a young person. I hate black men.” As reported by The Hill, Jackson stated that his only regret was that “he wishes he had either killed a ‘young thug’ or a ‘successful, older black man’ instead of the actual victim.'”
An easy call for Spicer, right? Wrong. Not only was Spicer unwilling to call the murder a hate crime, but he used the question as a platform to attack liberals on an unrelated charge. As reported by the New York Daily News: “White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sidestepped questions Monday over the murder of Timothy Caughman, using questions over the heinous slaying to defend people on the “right” he said were blamed too quickly for a recent wave of anti-Semitic threats.”
From The Hill: “The original question, from American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan, had been about a white man who is facing murder charges after he allegedly killed an elderly black man….Spicer [then] accused liberals of rushing to judgment over who was behind the recent spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers, arguing that President Trump was validated when he predicted that the threats were intended to make conservatives look bad.”
In summary, when asked whether the Trump White House would condemn the racist murder of a black man, Spicer said that liberals have treated conservatives unfairly. Unfortunately, we would expect nothing more from this administration.