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Donald Trump Threatens To Fight Black Lives Matter Protesters If They Try To Take His Mic
Fresh off the heels of controversy surrounding his attack on women and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during last week’s debate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday assailed another group: Black Lives Matter.
Speaking at a press conference before a fundraiser in Michigan that was aired on CNN, he slammed Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders for allowing Black Lives Matter protesters to spirit away his microphone last weekend at a Seattle rally of his supporters.
“I would never give up my microphone,” he said in response to a question about the incident. “I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness the way he was taken away by two young women. They just took the whole place over, and the audience, which liked him, they were saying what’s going on? How can this happen?
“That will never happen with me,” Trump continued. “I don’t know if I will do the fighting myself or if other people will, but that was a disgrace. I felt badly for him, but it shows that he’s weak. Believe me that’s not going to happen to Trump.”
While he’s full of hot air, Trump’s comments underscore Republicans’ problem with trying to attract Black voters, which the party desperately needs to win the White House in 2016.
Instead of threatening protesters with violence, Trump and his party should listen to their demands, which is simply a message of justice and equality.
He rankled the masses on Twitter:
Will Trump stop at nothing to get attention? And who do you think would win that wrestle for the mic? Sound off.
Scott Walker Urges Voters Not To Focus On “Racial Discord”
In yet another example of why the Republican Party is struggling to win voters of color in its race for the White House, GOP presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the best way to address racial issues is, well, to ignore them.
He made the comment Sunday during a trip to South Carolina when asked about his plans to restore race relations in the state in the bloody aftermath of the racially motivated massacre of Black churchgoers this summer at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
“One, I think in general if anyone focuses on racial discord we’re going to get more,” he said in a YouTube video. “If we focus on unity we’re going to get more of that. The families of the massacre in Charleston showed us the way.”
Sorry, Scott Walker, the families of victims of the Charleston massacre encouraged forgiveness, not ignoring years of racism in this country. Try again.