Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he thinks the Black Lives Matter movement is “looking for trouble” and that it’s “disgraceful” the way Democrats are trying to cater to them.
“I think they’re trouble. I think they’re looking for trouble,” Mr. Trump said on Tuesday evening’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. “I looked at a couple people that were interviewed from the group. I saw them with hate coming down the street last week talking about cops and police and what should be done to ‘em [and] that was not good. And I think it’s a disgrace that they’re getting away with it.”
The group has been mobilizing and speaking out on recent police-involved killings of black people.
“I think it’s disgraceful the way they’re being catered to by the Democrats, and it’s going to end up kicking them you know where,” Mr. Trump said. “I don’t think it’s [going to] end up good. The fact is all lives matter — that includes black and it includes white and it includes everybody else, and we have people, Democrats, that are afraid to even say that. They’re apologizing because they say, ‘White lives matter and all lives matter.’ These are people that are unfit to run for office, in my opinion.”
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender, did apologize after he was interrupted by protesters at the Netroots Nation conference in July and said, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that he doesn’t mind the slogan or the movement “because it draws attention to the problem.”
“He’s wrong. He’s totally wrong,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s ‘all lives matter’ and that should be the theme of this country, frankly, one of our themes — all lives matter. So he’s obviously catering to somebody. I don’t know who he’s catering to. I looked at the head, I was watching the head of Black Lives Matter being interviewed the other night, and I said to myself, give me a break. All lives matter.”