Follow town hall on race featuring President Obama, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a conversation on community policing and criminal justice July 13, 2016 at Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted a conversation with activists, civil rights, faith, law enforcement and elected leaders from around the country on ways can "keep people safe, build community trust, and ensure justice for all Americans."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 13: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a conversation on community policing and criminal justice July 13, 2016 at Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted a conversation with activists, civil rights, faith, law enforcement and elected leaders from around the country on ways can “keep people safe, build community trust, and ensure justice for all Americans.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

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