A former Democratic state representative from Missouri blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for her recent tweet that he believes is “offensive” to law enforcement officers.
On Friday, Warren — one of two dozen Democrats trying to win the party’s presidential nomination for 2020 — posted a tweet claiming that 18-year-old Michael Brown — who was black — was “murdered” by white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.
The tweet came on the fifth anniversary of Brown’s death.
“5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times,” wrote the presidential candidate. “I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
Brown’s death sparked rumors that he was killed in cold blood while holding his hands in the air. The event was investigated by the Obama administration Department of Justice, which found that Wilson had shot Brown in self-defense.
The tweet was not received well, with former Democratic Missouri state Rep. Jeff Roorda (D-Mo.) torching the post as “offensive to every police officer in America” during an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
Roorda — a retired police officer — also blasted Warren as “clinging to this false narrative” as there is “no reason to do that other than it pays electoral dividends” in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The former Missouri state lawmaker also agreed with host Pete Hegseth that Warren was “pandering” with her tweet and that he didn’t know “what good purpose” was accomplished by continuing “this narrative.”
“Pandering’s a good word. I mean, I don’t know what good purpose is served by extending this narrative that the Justice Department [and] the Grand Jury rejected flatly,” said Roorda. “Darren Wilson was acting in self-defense.”
Watch the video here:
Other people online were not thrilled with Warren’s tweet, as one user warned people not to “be like” Warren.
Elizabeth is deliberately lying and smearing a police officer to fan the flames of racial tension and division. Don’t be like Elizabeth. https://t.co/OwPfdKg9Ut
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) August 10, 2019
Check out some of the other reactions:
This is literally libel https://t.co/AY8m4h3zwa
— Andy Swan (@AndySwan) August 10, 2019
I don’t know which is worse: that she still believes this, or that she knows it’s false and says it anyway. And why is the officer’s race an issue? Not even the Obama Justice Dept. concluded there was a murder. https://t.co/Gtkj1nfvxE https://t.co/lVxHAtvRuj
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 10, 2019
Warren campaign slogan: More Racist Than Eric Holder! (Even Holder’s DOJ cleared The Ferguson PD.) https://t.co/6q3zsjJqnu
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 10, 2019
The lie that the Left will never give up https://t.co/vwKOmd7yUz
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) August 10, 2019
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 9, 2019
This case was extensively investigated by local and federal authorities, and what Warren says is simply not true. Amazing that a US senator and leading presidential candidate would say this. https://t.co/tZnJxyMU6M
— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 10, 2019
Virtually every single Tweet sent by Pocahontas is 100% false.
Murdered?? Where do you get that from you nitwit? https://t.co/RW6buN70rH
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) August 10, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate slanders police officer Darren Wilson. https://t.co/6q3zsjJqnu
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 10, 2019
A sitting United States Senator and leading candidate for POTUS falsely accused a man of murder.
Spare me your outage about norms and Trump’s rhetoric. https://t.co/M6idXBf0jS
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 10, 2019
Warren was not the only Democratic presidential contender to push this claim.
“Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement,” wrote Harris. “We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.”