President Barack Obama is hosting a town hall-style discussion on race relations and policing, recorded earlier Thursday, and scheduled to be broadcast at 7 p.m. on ABC and ESPN. World News Tonight anchor David Muir is moderating.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was invited to participate. The president and the lieutenant governor will be the only two public officials participating in the hour-long, commercial -free discussion.
Patrick was widely criticized for his provocative remarks in the aftermath of the sniper shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas last week, in which he criticized Black Lives Matter protesters for “expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them,” even as they were protesting police behavior. Patrick called the protesters hypocrites.