Claims Trump “literally tried to kill our communities”
The “resist we much” crowd’s fevered comparisons of President Trump to Hitler have embraced a new level of hysteria and hyperbole. Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Cullors stated that BLM will not meet with Trump because they wouldn’t meet with Hitler, either. She also says that the president is “literally” trying to kill black communities.
[Interviewer:] Trump has called BLM a threat. Is the door open to talk to him?
[Cullors:] It’s not. And we wouldn’t take the invitation.
[Interviewer:] Why not?
[Cullors:] We wouldn’t as a movement take a seat at the table with Trump, because we wouldn’t have done that with Hitler. Trump is literally the epitome of evil, all the evils of this country — be it racism, capitalism, sexism, homophobia.
He has set out some of the most dangerous policies, not just that impacts this country but impacts the globe. And so for us, the answer is not to sit with him but to resist him and to resist every single policy that he’s implemented that impacts our communities.
And … if I’m thinking about what I want my children to know in 30, 40, 50 years, I want them to know that I resisted a president at all costs, because this president literally tried to kill our communities, and is killing our communities.
Black Lives Matter co-founder: We wouldn't meet with Trump because "we wouldn't have done that with Hitler." pic.twitter.com/HRWvO7ESeV
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 25, 2017
Having checked the boxes for “all the evils” of America, including capitalism, Cullors goes on to say that BLM will begin focusing on attaining public office at the local, state, and federal levels.
One of the biggest places that I see us will be in local and national government. I think you’ll see, not just black people, but black folks and our allies really pushing to be a part of local government, city government and national government — to move to be mayor, county board of supervisors, to be on boards.
The LA Times interviewer didn’t do any follow-up during this interview (or if so, it wasn’t in the published version). One might expect follow-ups like “can you give me an example of how Trump has acted like Hitler in targeting and killing black communities?” or “on what platform would BLM candidates run for office?”; there are none. Of course.
Twitter had a field day with Cullors’ hyperbolic Hitler nonsense:
In other words "We don't want to work things out to resolution, we'd rather further divide the country."
— OSOK (@chrissanchez03) August 25, 2017
I am not a Trump fan but that quote is absurd.
— John Verba (@avljohn159) August 25, 2017
Cullors, on MSNBC, declared that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech.”
The activist’s remarks came two weeks after she defiantly claimed on MSNBC that neo-Nazi speech is not protected under the U.S. Constitution.
“Hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalists groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights,” she said.
Cullors was incorrect; hate speech is granted the same constitutional protections as all other forms of speech.
That principle was recently upheld in June in the case of Matal v. Tam, when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the government cannot deny trademarks to brand names it finds offensive.
The LA Times set out to find out where BLM went and why its influence has cratered, and it seems that they got the answer to that question. Inadvertently, they also found out why, at least in part, Trump won.DONATE
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