Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, Donald Trump admitted to being completely ignorant about the Black Lives Matter movement. “I know nothing about it,” the billionaire real estate developer said.
Of course, his lack of knowledge didn’t prevent him from harshly criticizing the effort. Trump said that he’s “seeing lot of bad stuff about it right now.” He said Martin O’Malley, a contender for the Democratic nomination, was a “disgusting little weak pathetic baby” for apologizing to Black Lives Matter activists earlier this year.
Despite his professed lack of knowledge, this isn’t the first time Trump has been critical of efforts to protest police brutality against African Americans. In response to the demonstrations in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, Trump said that “our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”
Historically, Trump has claimed a more positive relationship with the African-American community. “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks,” Trump said in 2011.