Alt Left Press 2017-07-26T15:46:56+00:00

Republican congressman says Black Lives Matter is ‘just as engaged in hate’ as white supremacists

Author: Aaron Rupar | Thinkprogress ||

During an interview with a Fayetteville radio station on Tuesday, Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) claimed there is no meaningful distinction between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who recently rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia. That rally left a counter-protester dead and 19 others injured after an alleged Nazi sympathizer drove his vehicle through a crowd of people.

Asked by the host what he took away from the violence in Charlottesville, Pittenger quickly steered the conversation away from groups like the KKK, which seek to terrorize minority groups and establish whites as the master race. Instead, he focused his criticism on Black Lives Matter, a group that works to stop the unjustified killing of black people, saying the group was “just as engaged in hate” as neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other white supremacists.

“You look at the actions of Black Lives Matter and people like Al Sharpton who have not condemned it — we never heard President Obama condemn the violence of Black Lives Matter,” Pittenger said. “And so it’s a bit disingenuous to me that so much pressure and criticism has been put on President Trump for what he didn’t say, and yet when these things happen on the other […]

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