On Saturday, a Black Lives Matters protester decided to protest at a rally for leading Republican candidate, the Teflon Don, in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a brave decision — akin to walking into the mouth of a lion — and he paid for it. The supporters predictably beat, kicked and shoved him.
It was like a scene out of pre-civil rights America. A crowd of white thugs attacking a black man invokes exactly the sort of imagery that Donald Trump apparently wants, as he told Fox News the following Sunday, “Maybe he should have been roughed up” and “It was disgusting what he was doing.”
This isn’t Trump’s first time defending the savages that he calls a “fan club.” After his fans ambushed and brutally beat a homeless Latino man, Trump said that they were, “very passionate” and that they “love this country.”
Now, Trump is joined by Robert Kiger, the founder of his Super PAC, who went on CNN Monday and justified the assault by claiming the same thing would happen to him if he went into a black church.
The church of Trump
While sitting across from Carol Costello Monday on CNN, Robert Kiger, the founder of a super PAC supporting the Teflon Don, said he wasn’t surprised by the brutality on display, that he expected black people would do the same thing to him if he visited a traditionally African-American church, and that he was “sick and tired” of the Black Lives Matters protests.
Furthermore, according to Kiger, Alabama — home of the Bus Boycotts and birth place of the Civil Rights movement — was the wrong place to protest systematic racism:
From my perspective, I’m sick and tire of the Black Lives Matter thing. I think it’s a farce. I think they’re there to just disrupt. Look, if they really care about black lives, they need to pick up a banner and go to the South Side of Chicago, where black lives are being slaughtered on a daily basis. If they really care about the African-American community, get up there and do something about it.
When asked whether he thought the protesters had a right to protest at a Trump rally by Costello, Kiger said that they “don’t, really” and that he “wouldn’t go into a black church and start screaming white lives matter”
I’m glad he compared Trump to a church. Fascism is, after all, a religion dedicated to the state and the charismatic person running it.
When asked if he was afraid that the parishioners of the church would beat him up, Kiger said that he knew “I’d get beat up” and added that he’d be “at least roughed up” by black church members.
When Costello attempted to remind Kriger the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church welcomed their killer into their church with open arms and kindness before he turned on them, she realized her words were a lost cause, and said, “Never mind, I won’t go there.”
Kiger continued his spiel:
These guys don’t really have a cause. I don’t think they really care. If they did, they would go to Baltimore or they’d go to Chicago.
Being in Birmingham, Alabama, going in and disrupting that thing, that’s no place for Black Lives Matter to try to bring their issues to the forefront.
Those who don’t learn from history are destined to make clueless, stupid remarks on national TV.
Watch the interview below
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