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Rand Paul suggests Black Lives Matter change its name

Francis Rivera

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Wednesday night that the Black Lives Matter movement should change its name.

“I think they should change their name maybe … if they were ‘All Lives Matter’ or ‘Innocent Lives Matter,'” the GOP presidential candidate said during an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

{mosads}“I am about justice and, frankly, I think a lot of poor people in our country, and many African-Americans, are trapped in this war on drugs and I want to change it. But commandeering the microphone and bullying people and pushing people out of the way, I think, really isn’t a way to get their message across,” Paul added.

The Black Lives Matter movement has become a force in the 2016 presidential campaign, garnering attention for derailing events for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). Activists also met with Hillary Clinton, who leads both challengers in the Democratic race for the party nod.

Paul touted his work on criminal justice reform during an interview with Seattle NBC affiliate King 5 earlier this week, when he was asked about the movement and said if confronted by protesters like Sanders, he “wouldn’t let them take my microphone.”

The Kentucky lawmaker noted during his appearance on Fox that he has appeared with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss criminal justice reform and has spoken at Howard University and in urban areas like Chicago.

“What I’m finding, when I’m on the south side of Chicago or I’m in Detroit, people are saying, ‘You know what, I’m not sure I’m ready to be a Republican yet, but you know what, the Democrats have taken me for granted, and I’m willing to listen to people who are interested in making my life better,’ ” Paul said. 

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