Trump National Security Adviser Denies Law Enforcement Systemic Racism As America Burns

White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that there is no systemic racism in US law enforcement, just a few bad apples.

O’Brien said on CNN’s State Of The Union, “No, I don’t think there’s systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our law enforcement officers are great Americans and many of them are African-American, Hispanic, Asian. They’re working the toughest neighborhoods, they’ve got the hardest jobs to do in this country, and I think they’re amazing great Americans, and they’re my heroes, but you know what, there are some bad apples in there.”

He went on to say that there are some cops who are just bad and that they needed to be rooted out.

The bad apple strategy is a favorite of Republicans. Mass shooters are never a symptom of a larger problem. They’re just bad apples. Racism is law enforcement isn’t a societal problem. There’s just a few bad cops on the streets. It is the standard playbook for rug sweeping issues that the GOP doesn’t want to admit exists.


Law enforcement officers do a dangerous job. They put their lives on the line every single day in their communities. O’Brien’s answer painted an either/or picture that ignored the possibility that there can be both systemic racism, and good law enforcement officers on the streets.

The Trump administration is not only going to do nothing about the problem. They are refusing to admit that there is a problem.