Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh believes Michelle Obama made a bad decision by attending the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendelton. The Chicago teen performed at President Obama’s inauguration and was gunned down near his home in the Windy City. Given the hundreds of homicides that have happened in the city over the last year, Walsh feels that the first lady should have paid the same respect to other victims. “‘Heartbroken’ Michelle Obama attending funeral of Hadiya Pendleton. I guess the other 553 murder victims didn’t break her heart,” he tweeted.
The former Tea Party figure also wondered if Mrs. Obama going to the funeral was more political than sincere. “Most of the 553 Chicago murder victims in 2012 & 2013 were young black males. Is she attending this funeral to make a political point?”
Although he usually doesn’t call the first lady to the carpet, Walsh’s has a history of not holding his tongue when it comes to the president. His critique adds to growing outrage over the president’s failure to address the shooting epidemic in Chicago. The Black Youth Project launched an “Obama Come Home” petition, urging the commander in chief to go to Chicago. They are hoping to get 50,000 signatures.