Fox News host Laura Ingraham appeared to cut off President Donald Trump during an interview in which he compared police officers accused of brutality with missing a golf putt.
She asked Trump about the protests that had been sparked by the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, framing the question as “it’s more dangerous to be a police officer today, do you not think, than it has been a long time?”
The president agreed with the question’s premise, telling Ingraham that police “are under siege,” adding: “They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple or a choker—a joker—they choke.”
Ingraham jumped in to say “you mean they panic,” before Trump continued: “Shooting the guy in the back many times. I mean, couldn’t you have done something different? Couldn’t you have wrestled him?”
Trump was referring to Blake who had been shot seven times by a police officer, sparking riots during which there were the fatal shooting deaths of two more people.
The president went on: “You know, I mean, in the meantime, he might’ve been going for a weapon. And you know there’s a whole big thing there. But they choke, just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt.”
Ingraham interrupted the president: “You’re not comparing it to golf, because of course, that’s what the media would say…people panic.”
Trump did not reject the comparison, but continued: “I’m saying people choke and people are bad people.”
He said an experienced police officer might have to make a split-second decision and do the wrong thing: “If you don’t make the decision and you’re wrong, you’re dead. People choke under those circumstances and they make a bad decision.”
Responding to a clip of the Trump interview with Ingraham, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “You know things are bad when Laura Ingraham has to save President Trump from saying stupid things.”
Law and order was a key theme in the hour-long interview on The Ingraham Angle, in which Trump said that protesters in Portland were being encouraged by an external source to incite civil unrest.
He also said that his Democrat rival Joe Biden would not be able to calm the violence and accused him without evidence of being controlled by people “in the dark shadows,” adding that if he wins the election “they will have taken over your cities. It’s a revolution.”