The Rev. Al Sharpton blasted New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie for attending a fundraiser over the weekend while violence continued to flare in Ferguson, Mo.
Sharpton made his remarks Monday during his appearance as a guest on MSNBC’s NewsNation..
“I landed in New York this morning,” he told program host Tamron Hall. “I see Chris Christie dancing with Jamie Foxx.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also attended the event, which was held in the Hamptons.
Sharpton reasoned that because Christie is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate and the race-based rioting and looting in Ferguson, Mo. is receiving national attention, Christie should comment on the situation instead of “dancing with Jamie Foxx.”
Yeah, I know. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me either. Christie wasn’t the only person Sharpton criticized.
“This is now a national, central issue, and anyone running for president needs to come up with a formula, or, in my opinion, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously,” he told Hall. “I’m amazed that we’re not hearing from leading candidates … Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton.”
More voices added to the mix will do little but throw more gasoline on the fire. This is essentially a local matter having no national significance.
The only reason the rioting continues in Ferguson is that race-baiters like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have turned it into a national circus by offering unsolicited opinions before the evidence is in.
On the subject of evidence, St. Louis Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers tweeted late Monday night:
Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting #Ferguson
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) August 19, 2014
Also, The New York Times reported Sunday that a preliminary autopsy report suggests that shooting victim Michael Brown was actually charging the officer who shot him, rather than running away as was previously reported.
Watch Sharpton’s comments below via Breaking News.