Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh Facing Backlash for Telling President Obama to ‘Watch Out’ After Dallas Shooting

Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh is facing some heavy backlash after calling out President Barack Obama following the Dallas sniper attack on Thursday, July 7.

"3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war," Walsh, 54, wrote in a since-deleted tweet late Thursday. "Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you." Walsh later revealed that Twitter deleted the tweet.

Many of his tweets still remain on his account, though. "10 cops shot. This is on Obama. 4 dead. Obama stoked the flame. BLM did this. Cops are dying," he continued. "It's time 4 patriotic Americans to stand up & stand against all the Cop haters — from Obama to the thugs on the street. It's way past time."

Joe Walsh, Barack Obama
Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh and President Barack Obama. Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images; Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

As previously reported, demonstrators were protesting the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on Thursday when snipers began to shoot, injuring seven officers and two civilians and killing five. (Sterling and Castile, both black, were killed by police officers this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota.) One of the Dallas suspects, Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old former soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve, was killed by a bomb detonated by authorities following a negotiation around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Walsh, who was voted out of office in 2012, continued to tweet his frustrations through the morning. He blamed the Dallas shooting on Obama, 54, and Black Lives Matter protesters and said that the attack was carried out by "2 uneducated black thugs." His controversial comments were made before the Dallas Police Department released information about the possible suspects.

Walsh has been feeling the heat for his remarks. "Keep [Joe] Walsh off my timeline. Stop replying to him and retweeting him," one commenter tweeted. A second added: "When are they locking the b-tch #JoeWalsh up?"

Singer John Legend even tweeted directly at Walsh. "Joe Walsh needs to be arrested for threatening our President. STFU @walshfreedom," he wrote.

Walsh later defended his tweets. "I wasn't calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama's words & BLM's deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops. Time for America — white, black & brown — to stand up to the Cop haters. If good people stay silent, the haters will continue their violence," he wrote.

"Our cops work their ass off to protect our inner cities. They deserve respect and help. Not hate and resistance," he continued. "Obama's response to Dallas should be: 'America, respect our Police. They keep us safe. Don't ever resist arrest. Stop this war on our Cops.'"

He further opened up to the Chicago Tribune about the incident. "Of course I didn't mean 'let's go kill Obama and Black Lives Matter.' I was not trying to incite violence against Obama and Black Lives Matter. That's crazy and stupid and wrong," he said. "It would end my career and it's wrong. I would never say anything as reprehensible as that."

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