In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, President Trump called the Black Lives Matter movement “a Marxist organization,” and added the name is “discriminatory.”
“The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, ‘That’s a terrible name.’ It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for Black people. It’s bad for everybody,” Trump said according to The Grio.
"The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'that's a terrible name. It's so discriminatory.' It's bad for Black people, it's bad for everybody." — Trump pic.twitter.com/x1mHywacWy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 1, 2020
Trump spent much of the interview slamming the protests taking place in many American cities across the country this summer. The majority of the protests have been peaceful rebukes of the police killings of Black people, however, Republicans and conservatives, many of whom supported the anti-quarantine protests, have called these protests violent takeover attempts.
“Biden won’t calm things down. They will take over. They will have won,” Trump said about former Vice President Joe Biden. “If Biden gets in, they will have won.”
“They will have taken over your cities. It’s a revolution,” he continued. “You understand that. It’s a revolution. And the people of this country will not stand for that.”
Fox News host, Tucker Carlson made a similar claim Monday.
“This may be a lot of things, this moment we are living through, but it is definitely not about Black lives,” Carlson said. “Remember that when they come for you,” he said. “And at this rate, they will.”
A Fox News spokesperson claimed Carlson was referring to Democrats, not Black protesters, but that was unclear.
On Monday, Trump continued his fear-mongering, insinuating 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when he shot three people, killing two, during a protest for Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back seven to eight times by a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer.
Democratic presidential nominee Biden said in a speech Monday the violence taking place across American streets is Trump’s fault. “The president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence because, for years, he’s fomented it.