In a phone interview with Bill O’Reilly during the Republican National Convention, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that as president, he’d have the Attorney General investigate Black Lives Matter protesters for criminal charges.
O’Reilly invoked the baseless yet popular myth that the racial justice movement is encouraging violence against police in light of recent murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The Fox News host then specifically asked Trump whether the Black Lives Matter movement “will be singled out as a provocateur in this terrible situation?”
Trump replied that he’s seen Black Lives Matter protesters “essentially calling death to the police,” and that “we’re going to have to look into that.”
Reminded by O’Reilly that “there is a constitutional right, of course, to freedom of assembly and free speech,” Trump didn’t back down.
“When you see something like that taking place, that’s really a threat, if you think about it and when you see something like that taking place, we are going to have to, perhaps, talk with the Attorney General about it or do something, but, at a minimum, we’re going to have to be watching because that’s really bad stuff and it’s happened more than once,” Trump said.
Even after prominent Black Lives Matter activists have repeatedly condemned the recent attacks against police officers, pundits have continued blaming Black Lives Matter.
Trump Suggests Obama’s Body Language Reveals Secret Agenda Against PolicePolitics by CREDIT: Screenshot Following the killing of three Baton Rouge police officers on Sunday, President Obama…thinkprogress.orgStill, the activists are already under intense surveillance. Last year, news emerged that investigators at the federal and state level were monitoring BLM activists, often through controversial methods.
During the O’Reilly interview, Trump went on to say that he’s “probably the least racist person there is, and I’m doing very well with the African American community.” Recent polling indicates he is actually polling at just one percent support among African Americans.