On Tuesday during an interview with a Fayetteville radio station, Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger made some strong accusations about the Black Lives Matter movement. The Republican Representative claimed that the BLM protestors are the same as the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who recently rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“You look at the actions of Black Lives Matter and people like Al Sharpton who have not condemned it — we never heard President Obama condemn the violence of Black Lives Matter,” Pittenger said. “And so it’s a bit disingenuous to me that so much pressure and criticism has been put on President Trump for what he didn’t say, and yet when these things happen on the other side, there’s silence.”
Pittenger was then asked by the radio host, “Can you really compare Black Lives Matter to Nazis and the KKK and white supremacists?”
The Congressman responded by saying “hate in all forms is wrong” and asking, with regard to Black Lives Matter, “where is the spirit of Martin Luther King in all this?”
Pittenger did not stop there. The Congressman attacked BLM by saying that they hate White People because they are envious of their “success.”
“The grievance in their minds — the animus, the anger — they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” he said, before taking aim at people who receive welfare. “It is a welfare state. We have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, and we’ve put people in bondage, so they can’t be all they’re capable of being.”
You can listen to the whole interview below: