Donald Trump Repeats False Claim About Black Lives Matter Origins

Written by on August 5, 2020

President Donald Trump on Wednesday peddled disinformation in regards to the origin of the Black Lives Matter motion, falsely claiming it started with a gaggle of marchers chanting that cops ought to “fry like bacon.”

Throughout an interview with “Fox & Buddies,” Trump known as athletes who kneel in assist of Black Lives Matter through the nationwide anthem “disgraceful” and declared he’s completed extra for Black People than virtually anybody.

“Black Lives Matter ― the place did it begin?” Trump stated. “Marching down streets screaming ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.’ They had been speaking about policemen.”

He continued: “So abruptly, this has taken on this air of nice respectability. Properly, how does it begin there? It’s a Marxist group. It’s a Marxist group that’s not searching for good issues for our nation.”

Trump and his allies, together with White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have been pushing this false Black Lives Matter origin story for weeks. Although the motion has been round for a number of years, it garnered mainstream assist following George Floyd’s dying by the hands of Minneapolis police in Might.

The mantra Trump cited may be heard in a 2015 video of a Black Lives Matter protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. The group was not an official chapter of the nationwide Black Lives Matter group, in keeping with CNN.

Rashad Turner, a founding father of the St. Paul Black Lives Matter group, informed CNN that the mantra wasn’t meant to advertise violence and was solely used that one time.

Black Lives Matter, a large, decentralized motion in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice, started two years earlier with a hashtag. #BlackLivesMatter was created by three Black activists in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman within the taking pictures dying of Black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Through the years, the motion morphed into the Black Lives Matter World Community and created guiding ideas for different official chapters to undertake in an effort to finish state-sanctioned violence and racism. Ideas embody acknowledging, respecting and celebrating variations and commonalities, in addition to being “unapologetically Black in our positioning,” in keeping with its web site.

Anybody can begin a Black Lives Matter group, although that doesn’t make it an official chapter of the nationwide group.

As CNN said, there’s no technique to say with certainty that the “fry like bacon” chant was by no means once more utilized by protesters who align themselves with Black Lives Matter, but it surely’s definitely not an official or distinguished slogan related to the motion. 

However that hasn’t stopped Trump and Fox Information from linking the mantra to your complete Black Lives Matter motion ― the most important protest motion in U.S. historical past, in keeping with The New York Occasions. 

An ABC Information/Washington Put up ballot carried out in July discovered 63% of People assist the Black Lives Matter motion.

However Trump claimed Wednesday that the majority People agree with him relating to athletes kneeling in solidarity.

“We’ve received to face up for our flag, we’ve to face up for our nation, we’ve to face up for our anthem,” Trump stated. “And lots of people agree with me. Hey, if I’m flawed I’m going to lose an election, OK? And that’s OK with me.”

Watch Trump’s full interview with “Fox & Buddies” under. His feedback about Black Lives Matter start across the 49-minute mark.

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