What’s repulsive is that Obama and de Blasio use a double standard to elevate Sharpton to a dangerous level. By conferring their personal approval of him, they magnify his power and turn a nuisance into a public menace.
The Ferguson case is especially instructive. Obama and outgoing AG Eric Holder made it clear they want the white police officer involved in the shooting of the black teen charged with a crime. There is no other way to read their actions and inflammatory comments, and they and Sharpton are partially responsible for the violence that already has happened.
And even though more mob mayhem is expected if the officer is cleared by a grand jury, Obama nonetheless invited Sharpton and other protesters to the White House for encouragement. The meeting was not on the president’s public schedule.
There you have it — agitators are using threats of violence to intimidate the courts. It’s low and dirty, but you expect that from Al Sharpton.
The tragedy of our times is that the president of the United States is no better.