Donald Trump says Black Lives Matter movement dividing US

July 13, 2016 11:30 am

Presumptive Republican
presidential candidate addresses a campaign rally at Grant
Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana. (AFP)

Presumptive Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump has criticized the ongoing Black Lives
Matter movement, saying the protesters are “dividing” the country.

Following
the killings of two African Americans last week, thousands of people
have flooded the streets in cities across the US to protest police
brutality against black people.
On July 5, Alton Sterling,37, was
fatally shot by police in the southeastern city of Baton Rouge while
another African American, 32-year-old Philando Castile, was shot dead a
day after by a police officer near St. Paul.
Trump called the
shootings of the two “terrible” and “disgusting,” but said the
anti-police brutality movement was “very divisive.”
“I would say they’re dividing America,” Trump said Tuesday on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“I
saw what they said about the police in various marches and rallies,
I’ve seen moments of silence called for this horrible human being who
shot the policemen,” the billionaire businessman added.
“And I’ve seen it and I think it’s certainly, it’s very divisive and I think they’re hurting themselves,” he claimed.

A woman holds a banner during a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in New York on July 09, 2016. (AFP photo)Trump said the first time he heard the term Black Lives Matter, “I said, ‘You have to be kidding.’”
The
White House hopeful also said that there “could be” a problem causing
police to treat blacks differently than whites, but asserted that law
enforcement does an “incredible job in this country.”
“I’m a big fan of the police in this country,” he said.
Trump’s
remarks come as his campaign has been already marked by controversy
over his disparaging comments about women, immigrants and Muslims.
The
use of unnecessary force by police against African Americans in cities
from Ferguson to Baltimore and New York has sparked nationwide protests
in the past two years and has given birth to the Black Lives Matter
movement.

US presumptive Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump’s attacks on the Black Lives Matter
movement is just an attempt to take attention away from the damages he
has inflicted upon racial minorities throughout his campaign, says
Abayomi Azikiwe, an American journalist.

The use of
unnecessary force by police against African Americans in cities from
Ferguson to Baltimore and New York has sparked nationwide protests in
the past two years and has given birth to the Black Lives Matter
movement.
On Tuesday, Trump called the police killings of unarmed
black men “terrible” and “disgusting,” but said the anti-police
brutality movement was “very divisive.”
However, Azikiwe, a
Detroit-based editor at the Pan-African News Wire, said it is the
systematic racism that has divided Americans and is now being promoted
by the likes of Trump.
“It is the racist system in that has divided the country,” he told Press TV on Wednesday.
“The
Black Lives Matter movement is of course a refreshing development
against racism, against national oppression; it is not designed to
divide the country, but actually bringing to the fore the burning and
crossing of the day,” he added.
Azikiwe said if anybody, it was Trump himself that divided the country by his outrageous comments.
Trump “made racism acceptable and a norm” and gave rise to racist and neo-fascist movements inside the US, Azikiwe added.
Many
white supremacists groups such as the Ku Klux Klan have already
announced their support for Trump. The candidate enjoys high support
among whites and is extremely unpopular among African Americans.
This
is while, the former reality TV star’s campaign was already defined by
controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about
women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
He has pledged to deport millions of illegal immigrants from the US and building a wall to keep them from coming back.
The
real-estate mogul has also proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the
US, while calling for special IDs and databases to track them.
 “So
for him to make a statement that the movement against racism is
divisive really is an attempt to deflect his own culpability for the
type of hatred an animosity that his campaign has fostered,” Azikiwe
said.
Trump’s comments comes as thousands of people, led by the
Black Lives Matter and similar movements, have flooded the streets in
cities across the US to protest police brutality against black people
and the last week killings of two African Americans.
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