Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called Black Lives Matter a “Marxist organization” that “has been planning to destroy the police for three years.”
According to the New York Post, Giuliani, who serves as Trump’s personal lawyer, made the comments in a press conference outside the White House lawn. Giuliani also added he’s outraged by current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to paint Black Lives Matter outside Trump Tower in New York.
“Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization run by three avowed Marxists—go check. Black Lives Matter has been planning to destroy the police for three years. They’ve finally gotten stupid Democrat mayors to agree with them,” Giuliani told reporters.
Giuliani also blasted de Blasio, calling him a regressive mayor.
“Right now murder is up 58% under the regressive Democrat mayor who is typical of Democrat mayors all over the country. They are a disaster. They are a danger to their people,” he said.
De Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to a deal to cut the New York Police Department budget by $1 billion Tuesday. However many lawmakers in the city believe the cuts didn’t go far enough.
Other Republicans have also taken shots at the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to blame the protests for the coronavirus spikes across the country.
“When I looked at that drone view of [Los Angeles], where it was almost a mile-long shoulder-to-shoulder of people, and they’re expressing, they’re vocal . . . and now we’re finding that’s the easiest way to transmit to one another, the long periods of time next to one another,” McCarthy told CNBC Monday.
However, a study released by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research stated in its report “we conclude that predictions of broad negative public health consequences of Black Lives Matter protests were far too narrowly conceived.”
The protests this summer were sparked by the death of George Floyd. Since then there have been protests in over 300 cities in America. There have also been a significant number of protests abroad.