Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is ‘domestic terrorist’ group
President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Thursday Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a “domestic terrorist” group, later noting a differentiation between the slogan and the global organization.
During a Fox News interview Thursday, Giuliani called the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election one of the “most important election[s]” of his lifetime, adding that the nation will decide between remaining a “free enterprise” or “some kind of socialist country that Black Lives Matter wants.”
Rudy Giuliani calls Black Lives Matter “a domestic terrorist group” run by the Weather Underground: “These are killers, and these are people who hate white people. They’re people who hate white men in particular. And they want to do away with a mother-father family.” pic.twitter.com/GWd42ajVpT
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 6, 2020
“Just go read two or three backup documents for Black Lives Matter … Black people get salaries for the rest of their lives, nobody else,” Giuliani said Thursday.
According to the official website for The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) – which serves as an umbrella coalition for 150 organizations, including the Black Lives Matter Network – its list of demands does not explicitly back Giuliani’s statement made Thursday.
However, M4BL lists restitution demands for Black people in America such as “reparations for the wealth extracted from our communities through environmental racism, slavery, food apartheid, housing discrimination,” and calls to pass H.R. 40, or the “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.”
“It’s a very strange society they want to setup,” the former New York mayor said, adding that BLM “hasn’t said a single word” about the “terrible violence taking place” in some cities across the nation.
Still, Black Lives Matter says in its online mission statement that the organization stands against “state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism,” noting multiple moments of national outcry about the death of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and others who have lost their lives to alleged racial conflicts.
Giuliani criticized former President Bill Clinton’s decision to commute the civil rights activist Susan Rosenberg from her 58-year prison sentence in 2001, claiming she said after her 1984 arrest, “‘I only regret that I wasn’t able to kill the cops that arrested me.’ That’s who’s running [BLM].”
Giuliani added that Rosenberg was a “big shot” in the radical left-wing militant organization Weather Underground Organization (WUO) that emerged in the late 1960s.
The WUO was classified as a terrorist group by the FBI following the 1975 bombing at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
Rosenberg stands as the vice-chair on the board of directors for Thousand Currents, a non-profit organization that sponsors, funds and works on administrative tasks for various organizations, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
The Hill reached out to Black Lives Matter but did not immediately hear back.