President Barack Obama's order Monday that banned the federal government from transferring certain military equipment to local law enforcement agencies was intended to improve community relations after police in riot gear exacerbated unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore.
But conservatives aren't buying it. Peter Johnson Jr., who serves as Fox News President Roger Ailes' personal attorney and often functions as the executive's on-air mouthpiece, reacted by going as far as to accuse Obama of waging a "war on police."
"This is a major battle in the war on police waged by the White House, in my view," Johnson said Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends." "What we're saying now, this is the treaty of Versailles. This is the demilitarization of Japan and Germany after post-World War II. So we're saying the police are in fact warriors. They're not protectors. They’re not guardians, as the President should be, and they alienate our community."
Other network personalities and conservative bloggers this week have seized on the order to accuse the President of fostering crime, leaving police unprotected or paving the way for more federal control of local law enforcement.
Here are five of the wildest theories:
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