Since lying about New Jersey Muslims celebrating on rooftops after 9/11, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has found a new lie to promote. On Tuesday, Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he personally witnessed rallies where Black Lives Matter protesters called for “moments of silence” to honor the Micah Johnson, the gunman who killed five Dallas police officers on July 7th.
Trump also criticized BLM for “dividing America.”
Trump repeated his claim Tuesday night during a rally Indiana.
The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage. Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!
Trump: "Tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!"
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) July 13, 2016
So far there are no collaborating news reports that support Trump’s claim. Gawker could only find two social media posts calling for a moment of silence for Johnson.
Trump’s penchant for making up stories have many Americans concerned about the security of classified information that Trump’s privy to now that he’s a general election candidate. As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out in May:
Yesterday he was accusing Ted Cruz’s dad on being in on the JFK assassination. Now, he’s about to start getting classified CIA briefings as the Republican Party’s nominee for president.
Aside from being a national security risk, Trump categorizing BLM as a “divisive” group goes far beyond the “pot calling the kettle black.” Trump is also spreading a very dangerous lie, one which may inspire violence against BLM protesters. And should that happen, in typical Trump fashion, he’ll throw his hands up and say something to the effect of, “I tried to warn them.”
Trump’s comments are part of a larger more nefarious plan by neo-conservatives to paint African Americans in general, and BLM specifically, as divisive and racist toward white people. They continue to repeat that narrative every chance they get as they plan to use white angst to win in November.
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