At a “Blacks for Trump” rally in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, Republican President Donald Trump mentioned that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) motion is a part of a “mob rule” that’s “destroying many Black lives.”
Whereas Trump by no means specified how BLM is “destroying many Black lives,” the remark was simply the newest in opposition to the group most related to nationwide racial justice protests in opposition to anti-Black police brutality and systemic racism.
Trump made a lot of different claims about Black Lives Matter with out proof. First, Trump claimed that the nationwide BLM motion’s “first phrase” was “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”
Although the phrase was uttered throughout a 2015 protest march held by a BLM group in St. Paul, Minnesota, the group was not affiliated with the nationwide BLM group. The nationwide BLM group has by no means used the phrase, nor have every other BLM teams, and it was by no means mentioned once more by the St. Paul group, based on CNN.
Trump then mentioned, “The acknowledged objective of BLM group, folks, is to realize the destruction of the nuclear household, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish border safety, abolish capitalism, and abolish college selection—that is what their acknowledged targets are.”
None of these issues are among the many targets acknowledged on the BLM nationwide group’s web site. The web site’s just lately deleted “What We Consider” web page, which continues to be accessible through archive.org, would not comprise the phrases “abolish,” “police,” “prisons,” “border,” “capitalism” or “college.”
The location’s solely point out of “nuclear household” was a acknowledged need to “disrupt” single-family constructions by “supporting one another as prolonged households and ‘villages’ that collectively take care of each other, particularly our kids.”
Among the many targets acknowledged on the “What We Consider” web page had been goals to unite Black communities worldwide in opposition to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism whereas creating therapeutic, empathetic communities free from prejudice.
Throughout his Friday speech, Trump additionally unveiled the Black Financial Empowerment “Platinum Plan.” The plan’s goals embrace designating the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, establishing lynching as a federal hate crime and different initiatives to spice up Black financial success. The plan additionally would make Juneteenth a federal vacation. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the arrival of Union Common Gordon Granger’s in Galveston finish of the Civil Struggle. Granger delivered the federal order advising that every one slaves had been free in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
On September 8, Trump steered that BLM activists are “anarchists, not protesters” and referred to them as “thugs” through Twitter. On June 30, Trump known as a BLM road portray on New York Metropolis’s Fifth Avenue a “image of hate.”
Newsweek contacted the Trump marketing campaign for remark.