Editors Note: The Daily Caller’s White House Correspondent Neil Munro interviews Pat Buchanan. We reprint here.
President Barack Obama’s passive response to the riots and arson in Ferguson may prompt a November rebuke by the silent majority of American voters, says Patrick Buchanan, who was an adviser to President Richard Nixon during the late 1960s race riots.
The media’s focus on the conflict ensures the “country is being polarized by watching this,” Buchanan told The Daily Caller.
“I don’t think that that is going to be helpful to the party of Rev. Sharpton or Jesse Jackson,” said Buchanan, who is now a columnist.
“I think the riots and the violence and the looting are going to cause a lot of folks to recoil from those who appear to be condoning those sorts of act… there is no question about it,” he said.
Many Americans will remain silent amid the media furor, until they can vote, he said. “A lot of people just watch these things, observe quietly and talk with each other… [and] I think you will see it at the polls” in November, he stated.
“The silent majority will react as it always does — it will recoil [from] the cursing, the hollering, the obscene gestures, the assaults on police, the looting and vandalism,” Buchanan observed.
The dispute may boost turnout by Obama’s base, but it will also turn out his opposition, Buchanan said.
“The polarization is not going to be beneficial to the president,” he warned.
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