by Yvette Carnell
On Sunday Fox News host Dana Perino picked up a talking point previously trotted out by failed Congressman Allen West, asking why President Obama displayed empathy with Trayvon Martin, but not with the parents of a white baby who was allegedly shot in the face by two black teens.
In an speech on Friday, President Obama acknowledged an unfair standard in America’s justice system, which is biased against blacks. Perino shot back against this notion by comparing the Trayvon Martin case to the white infant’s murder, two cases which have almost nothing in common.
“If you think of the young mother whose 2-year-old son was shot in the face by the two black teens that approached her in Atlanta and that baby had died, why do presidents choose to speak about one case and not the other? That’s why it’s better maybe not to talk about any of them,” said Perino on ABC’s This Week .
That was an insidious comparison, considering that the two black teens were arrested immediately, unlike Zimmerman, who was allowed to walk free for over a month after gunning down Trayvon Martin.
Perino also didn’t research the case before making the comment, because if she had, she would’ve known that the case against the two black teens is in a tenuous position now that tests have revealed that gun residue was found on the hands of both of the infant’s parents.
Also, the grown daughter of the infant’s mother cast doubt on the mother’s story early on.
The daughter, Ashley Glassey, was interviewed by a local NBC affiliate and said her mother’s version of events had changed since the incident.
“She changed her story as far as she told me that the baby was shot first and then she told me she was shot first,” Ashley Glassey said.
The news report included an audio recording Glassey made of her mother shortly after the shooting asking about insurance money.
“How soon do you think life insurance policy will send me a check?” West reportedly asked her daughter. Glassey also described their discussions by saying her mother was crying one minute and then sounded fine the next.
Who knows how this case will end, but we may actually find that there was a rush to judgement, as opposed to the Zimmerman case where initially, there was a refusal to allow the wheels of justice to even turn at all.
Perino and West aren’t the first to bring up the k!lling of the infant in comparison to Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, compared Trayvon Martin to the alleged baby k!llers prior to the trial by posting the following image: