As news emerged Thursday evening of a deadly shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers, one former congressman wasted no time placing the blame on the U.S. president.
In a tweet that has since been removed, former Republican congressman Joe Walsh threatened "war" on both Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters, blaming them for causing the shootings due to their "anti-cop" rhetoric.
Walsh told the Chicago Tribune the tweet was up for an hour before Twitter suspended his account. It was reopened on the condition that they delete the tweet.
"They said the tweet might look like it might incite violence," Walsh told the newspaper.
Joe Walsh deleted his tweet. Here's the screenshot: pic.twitter.com/t5ke5YWxbu— @kylegriffin1
Walsh has not apologized or stopped tweeting since last night's attack. He claims Black Lives Matter is an incendiary group that promotes violence and that Obama does the same. Walsh called for Americans to stand up to "cop haters."
Cops do God's work and are killed in the streets. This has to stop.— @WalshFreedom
If you kill a cop, you should get the death penalty. No questions asked.— @WalshFreedom
BLM should be categorized as a hate group.— @WalshFreedom
Obama has BLOOD ON HIS HANDS— @WalshFreedom
After the "Watch out Obama" tweet was deleted, Walsh said on Twitter that he wasn't trying to promote violence.
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.— @WalshFreedom
@WalshFreedom trynna change your words , shut up— @amakalovesu
Responses to Walsh's tweets were swift, with users calling him out for threatening the president.
Joe Walsh needs to be arrested for threatening our President. STFU @walshfreedom— @johnlegend
If Joe Walsh isn't arrested tonight, our laws are worthless.— @MattMurph24
Walsh continued his Twitter tirade Friday morning.
So Obama & the Left were quick to call Minn an act of racism.— @WalshFreedom
The black Dallas shooter set out to kill white Cops.
Act of racism Obama?
Former congressman @WalshFreedom is tweeting such idiotic vitriol that if he's not careful he may accidentally win the Republican nomination— @GuyEndoreKaiser
Twitter user Mike Drucker attempted to counter the tone of Walsh's tweets, posting a photo that was shared by Dallas police before the shooting began.
That photo is a man peacefully protesting and having his right supported by the people he's protesting. That's "Real America," @WalshFreedom— @MikeDrucker